Monday, April 25, 2011

Question of the Week: How Do You Get Your Exercise?

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If you've been following along with my Mission 2011 posts on Thursdays, then you know that I have been devoting April to the topic of exercise.

Of all the self-help strategies I employ to manage my fibromyalgia symptoms, exercise is the one that presents the most challenges for me. I've talked a little about my struggles with post-exertional fatigue and shared a new approach to exercise that was shared with me at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona last month. I even wrote a pretty interesting post last week on how having fibromyalgia redefines the word exercise...because it certainly does for me!

So I've been wondering: how do you get your exercise?

--> For those of you who have figured this exercise thing out, I'd love to hear about what works for you.

--> For those of you who are struggling like me, share what hasn't worked and then tell us about what you are going to try next.

I'm a firm believer in learning from my peers, so I hope you'll take this opportunity to start a discussion either here in the comments area or over on the OMA&P! Facebook page.

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Felicia Fibro said...

I wouldn't say I have it figured out, since I don't do it as regularly as I should, but I am able to do it often, without too much pain. The things the work best for me are low-impact: walking, light hiking, cycling and riding my stationary recumbent bike. I'm still looking for a yoga instructor that understand fibro. When I tried to learn it on my own, I ended up in pain.

To make cycling easier on my body I do many things - wear padded short under my shorts/pants, wear padded gloves, use ergonomic hand grips, use a Camelbak, have a cushiony seat, use a milage tracker. I'm planning on writing an entire post about this in the next few months. I also think it is more enjoyable to walk or bike when I'm in nature, with a friend.