AEROBICS AND FM & CFS!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by karbear, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. karbear

    karbear New Member

    JUST A QUICK QUESTION, IS IT RECOMMENDED THAT WE TRY AEROBICS WITH HAVING FM & CFS. I'M SO SORE I CAN'T IMAGINE,FIRGURE WALKING WOULD BE GOOD.AEROBICS TO ME DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A "MATCH".WHAT DO YA'LL THINK?DON'T WANT TO CREATE MORE PAIN!!THANKS FOR YOUR ADVICE...KARBEAR
  2. Annette2

    Annette2 New Member

    You gotta be kidding! I couldn't do aerobics if my life depended on it! I do walk, though. I walk about 1 1/2 miles on a treadmill - it takes 30 minutes. I love it - it stretches my muscles and I listen to a CD and eventually the endorphines kick in and I feel great! But jumping up and down, forget it! My feet hurt too much, I can't breathe, I can't even follow the directions. We need "soft" exercise - not jumping all over the place!

    Annette2
  3. karbear

    karbear New Member

    HAHAHAHA,THAT WAS MY THOUGHT.JUST DIDN'T WANT TO SAY IT TILL I WAS SURE NOT A GOOD IDEA.LIKE YOU I WOULD FORGET WHAT THEY SAID TO DO..MY SISTER HAS BEGGED ME AND TOLD ME NOT TO BE A WIMP,NOW I KNOW I'M NOT A WIMP,JUST HAD TO HEAR IT FROM A FELLOW FM PATIENT.NO ONE UNDERSTANDS UNLESS YOU ARE IN OUR SHOES...THANXS AGAIN..GOD BLESS,KARBEAR
  4. Spoclar

    Spoclar New Member

    For me it depends what you mean by aerobics...I miss my tapes terribly, am using a treadmill to recondition a bit after a time away from exercising, and hoping I can get back to at least some of my tapes. Even when I exercised at a more active level than I do now, I was adapting almost all the motions I was doing, including no jumping. I love to dance, and have tapes that have oldies, Latin, modern, even belly dancing!! I keep 3x5 cards with video counter notes on them and I regularly skip any routines that are problematic - will walk around the room, fast forward to the cooldown section, whatever. If you watched me and the TV at the same time you'd see a BIG difference - but I get to dance, move, and hear the music at my own pace, so it works for me.
  5. libra55

    libra55 New Member

    Everytime I have tried to start some kind of aerobics routine, I have gone into a vicious flare. The only thing I can tolerate is gentle walking, not too far. I also have a pool which I can use in the summer months. My rheumy recommends water exercise for fibro. Since the body is in water, it is weightless. There is less strain and pain, although you can still be quite fatigued afterwards. Honestly, from my experience, I would not do any kind of aerobics. I used to do them when I was healthy (Richard Simmons Anatomy Asylum, 4 times a week) but that is out of the question now. If you do try, go SLOW, please.

    Best wishes,
    Michelle
  6. catsii

    catsii New Member

    might not be so bad or hard on you. I did dance aerobics for many years..before the fms...and did not jump, always kept my feet on the floor due to my knees and advice from my dr's re jumping and jogging,etc....Then the step aerobics became the thing..so i had to quit. my aerobic excersize now comes from walking. But on my good days would love to put some dance steps to it !

    good luck
    catsii
  7. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    I started with water exercise, then walking, then low impact dance aerobics, then added weight training, ski machine and treadmill. Just take it very slow and stick with it. It is more than worth it.
    Klutzo
  8. Ipegasus

    Ipegasus New Member

    Hi karbear,


    Believe it or not aerobics is also fast walking! It comes from a really dumb reumy doctor who published a book back in the 80's that came from his theory that all FM's have unfit muscles. So all we have to do is get in shape and the pain will go away!..He really was naive and he caused all kinds of problems for those of us with FM who were Kaiser patients. I hate that I missed that lawsuit, but some people won a lawsuit because Kaiser was not referring patients to specialist so that they could get bonus'. It was terrible. I was told I had PMS! I guess the initials are close but it is heriditary in my family.
    I was in great shape and very active before I got sick. It was the PAIN that caused our muscles to hurt so much and any kind of running, aerobics or weight training is guaranteed to cause a flare-up.
    So what was said above is right. You must keep moving or your muscles will tighten up too much and cause more pain. It also gets more oxygen into your extremities, which depend on it to fight pain.
    If your pain is severe and you can barely move, try walking a little bit. Do not exercise when you are having a flare, it only makes it last longer. You are more likely to hurt yourself because your concentration isn't good either. You can always make it up later. I found a lot of my flares were caused by my overexerciing. For me, I get what they call delayed pain. This means, it feels great to swim laps, walk all over town but if I do too much, the next day, I have a terrible flare. So learning your pace and sticking to it is very important.
    The hardest thing for me is to think like a handi-cap person. Yet you learn, when you get tired of flare-ups.
    I have heard that Claudia Mareck just published a book for those who are just diagnosed with FM. She is a wonderful nurse and she has FM. She is a nurse who works for a world renowed Dr St. Armand, a specialist in FM, so if your need a guide, try her book. She has an article published on the medical website under the "Coping Corner".
    Let your sister do all the aerobics she wants. Unless she wants to be your personal slave for the next day, tell her to quit bugging you. She just wants a partner, she will get over it. I suffer more because I was always trying to prove I could do more, then I would trip or pull a muscle that now I pay dearly for in my old age.

    Good luck,

    Pegasus