Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by brownling, Mar 16, 2003.

  1. brownling

    brownling New Member

    i have been reading that exercise when you have f.m. is good for you.As i like golf do you think this is a good choice and can you do damage to yourself if it is the wrong sort of exercise?

    i have cronic lower back pain and an on going problem with my neck.
  2. northwoodssue

    northwoodssue New Member

    Hi Brownling, welcome to the board.
    I don't know how you can do golf with a bad back, neck and fms??? I can only do gentle stretching type of yoga and tai chi, which is slow flowing movements. I also walk when I am able. Any kind of exercise like golf is out of the question for me.
    I guess I'm trying to say we are all different with our fms, and what one can do, another can't. So, if you can golf that's great and I'm happy for you.
    I would suggest something that stretches and lubricates the muscles, joints, such as yoga or tai chi for most people with fms.
    Good luck with your exercise.
  3. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    and you don't pay the price afterward (intense pain) then I say go for it. I think that if you walk around the golf course instead of riding in a golf cart, you would get some walking in, too. Personally, with my back and neck pain, I don't think it would be good for me, but everyone here is different. I exercise four to five times a week for about a half hour each time. I sometimes walk and I also have exercise equipment in my basement (treadmill, rowing machine, stair climber, bike and nordic track). I am careful not to go too long on any one piece of equipment. My fibro specialist I go to showed me some stretchng exercises, which I do morning and night. I think without exercise I would be worse off than I am now.

    Good luck to you.

  4. nefran5

    nefran5 New Member

    Mild exercise is great, but you don't always feel the negative effect right away. Just notice how your body feels a day or two after exercising. I walk 2 miles on 3 days each week, but I know when not to take the steep trails and when I can. I have a tendency to "push" myself---which has done me more good than harm, but I have also really injured myself, too.

    Stretching is good, but again, pace yourself. Be gentle and patient with your body... ...it wants to heal too!