My doctor wants me to exersise more

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lrning2cope, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. lrning2cope

    lrning2cope New Member

    My doctor wants me to excersize more . I am trying to find good excersize ideas for fibro. If anyone is interested in warm water pool therapy ( one of the recommended excersizes) here is a cool page that I found that helps your search for a pool location.

    I think you could just Google "findapool dot com " instead of copying and pasting if you would like.



    Does anyone know of other excersize options ? I am sorry if this has been addressed here before.

  2. lrning2cope

    lrning2cope New Member

    Thank you for responding . I just remembered something when you said you had challenges with chlorine ! I am allergic to it ! Talk about brain fog. If the chlorine has just been put in the pool , my eyes swell shut . RAts. I knew there was a reason that I didn't swim as much. rats.

  3. Pansygirl

    Pansygirl New Member

    One thought on exercise and a Physical therapist.

    Please ask and make sure they will work with you and understand you have fibro and are not going to expect you to do exercises like a "normal" person.

    I had this experience recently and it wasn't fun.

    Gentle hugs, Susan
  4. kking0412

    kking0412 New Member

    and we all hate it.
    my parents are moving and I requested their exercise bike; we are going to put in in the living room so it cannot be ignored (or maybe bedroom if I finally throw out that chair....)I figure (a) I can sit (b) I can go slow. there is NO reason why I cannot at least give it a slow, hopefully steady, try. now if I can get one of the males that live here tot move it upstairs out of the garage.....
  5. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    tolerate a recumbant exercise bike. It's good for the knees too. I'm up to taking short walks now since using the bike and doing my leg exercises. I feel better.
  6. JoFMS

    JoFMS New Member


    I do the following exercises:

    Neck Stretches - grab top of left side of head with right arm over the top of the head and pull the neck gently to the right side, repeat for other side (this works really well for my neck and I was told this by my physio. Also turn head to one side then the other.

    Legs - I stretch my ham strings by pulling my ankle up to my bum on both legs. Also try to touch my toes (can only touch my knees). Also stand on tip toes and hold for a few seconds.

    Arms - I put one arm across my chest and then with the other, I place my hand on my elbow and stretch it across towards me.

    Shoulders - I lift my shoulders up to my ears a few times and then forward and back.

    Back - I use a gym ball by sitting on it and then arching my back forward and back so it hollows.

    Ribcage - Reach for the sky with your arms - I find this great for costochondritis.

    Exercise machine - I use a vibro tornado exercise machine which is one you just stand on - (prob similar to a power plate but moves up and down from left to rigth too) I find this great and try to use 5-10mins every day. I can either stand or sit and also use it to do some of my stretches.

    Punches - I do some of these in the air

    Can lifts - I use a standard 400g tin as weights and do bicep curls. This helps to strengthen my arms.

    I feel the stretches are so important and there was a time when I did none but now I realise just how important they are. I'm going to buy some small weights oon to strnegnthen my arms.

    Dancing - put some music on and dance!

    I used to do pilates when I was feeling well enough and that really helped me too. I was lucky in that I had my physio teaching the class so she knew what I was able to do.

    Don't overdo it though - I soemtimes do so have to know your limits and give days off in between.

  7. RatsWife

    RatsWife New Member

    I made it thru 3 sessions in Pool PT. The chlorine did me in. The buoyant exercises were super and I had little discomfort. But couldn't tolerate the bleachy stuff -- gave me TWO dreadful migraines and made my psoriasis 10 times worse, it's spread, deeper, and bleeding now even after a week of no pool.

    The "salt" pools I thought, could be wrong, still have chlorine in them. They break the sodium chloride bond which provides the "chlorine" needed to inhibit microbial and algae growth. This process addresses the over-use of chlorine added directly to pool water, providing an effective but safer degree of disinfection.

    I liken the over-use of chlorine to the over-use of insecticides and herbicides by humans. Seems to me the manufactureres should not be selling any concentrated forms of poisons and corrosives to the average person because they'll always fail to dilute to safe but effective levels.

    My new FM specialist is marvelous (I listed her in the Good Doc section) and knew what I was talking about within a flash. She re-wrote my PT orders for non-pool stretches and wrote out "GENTLE" in all caps on the prescription. She told me no yoga though -- not for a long time into the future, or if ever.
    [This Message was Edited on 08/09/2008]
  8. lrning2cope

    lrning2cope New Member

    How does a person find a salt pool ? Are there any public salt pools , or is this usually a private pool thing ?

    I am writing to the person with psoriosis next ( fibrofog , cant rememeber name ) That sounds really painful that the psoriosis has gone deeper. I hope you feel better soon.

    Oh ,and I mentioned yoga and tai chai to my doctor and she said they would be good for me emotionally , but I needed something more rigorous. I certainly will not be running a marathon soon , so I am not sure what she means. She keeps talking about strengthening my core ???? ! ; )

    [This Message was Edited on 08/09/2008]
  9. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    walking is good. just start our SLOW as in 5 mins and build up from there. Do not set high goals.....

    recomended by Dr Natelson
  10. bigmama2

    bigmama2 New Member

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and water walking/jogging.
  11. hollie9

    hollie9 New Member

    I can't do swimming, too much effort getting ready to go, going to the pool, trying to look decent after swimming.

    Yoga was very good for me. I had a personal instructor and although every exercise program is tough at first, I finally made it over the hump where I got strong enough that my CFS was actually better. It sure made my body look better too.

    Now my knees are too bad for yoga, so I do Pilates with a physical therapist. I had to start out real slow again and am now at the "hump". I love Pilates (not mat) and have gotten quite strong.

    Whenever I go to a gym they want me to do cardio. I keep saying I can't do cardio, only strength training. They think I'm nuts.

    Whenever I start an exercise program I'm bedridden afterwards. It takes me about 4 months before this goes away.

  12. fibromickster

    fibromickster New Member

    I just wanted to mention to the person who stated that Saltwater Pools are not good either.

    I have one in my backyard and I have psoriasis really bad and it is the only thing that helps it. When we open it up you do put a little chlorine in the where the basket is that gets all the dirt but that is it.

    I swim in it every day and my eyes have NEVER burned, my hair is as soft as can be, and never has changed colors. But the one thing it has done wonders for is my psoriasis and my pain.

    So, coming from someone that HAS A SALTWATER POOL and from experience, it is great for FM and PSORIASIS.

    Also, me nor my kids or anyone has ever gotten sick from swimming it nor have gotten any rashes, skin bumps anything. It has been a Godsend for me and my daughter who also has psoriasis.

    Salt in itself is a disinfective and can clear up rashes, psoriasis, sores, scabs, etc....... fast.

    I don't know of any public pools that have saltwater, however, we put it in a few years ago and all the pool companies are going to the saltwater because it is so much safer and healthier than chlorine pools.

    [This Message was Edited on 08/14/2008]
  13. Crispangel66

    Crispangel66 New Member

    Yep it is best to find a heated pool but be warned your

    energy will be very depleted and you may even have trouble

    gettting out of the pool so have someome with you. When I

    went my sister-in-law was there too she also has fibro

    too so you may want to have someone there who doesn't have

    fibro or doesn't get in the pool. But the heat is best for

    your muscles, that way they won't spasm. But the heat also

    drains you and the exercise drains you so you will be weak.

    So be careful, Gentle Hugs Crispangel
  14. colorfulcolorado

    colorfulcolorado New Member

    I do light yoga...just for the stretching. NO, I don't twist myself up like a pretzel, LOL! I only do the exercises that I can do. The video I watch is "Yoga conditioning for weight loss" with Suzanne Deason. I can't bend down too low so I use an exercise ball. I do mostly the stretching exercises and breathing. It helps on good days but if you're having a fare forget it. Just do what you can, like I only do about 6 or 7 of the exercises but it does feel good to stretch. Just thought I'd put my two cents worth in... take care!
  15. Honora88

    Honora88 Member

    It's easy and accessible.
  16. babyk902

    babyk902 New Member

    you def don't want to overdo it, i actually read a book on cfs/fibro written by this doctor who is so knowledgable and had cfs but overcame it, he says NOT to do actual cardio, running, bicycling or anything or that sort, instead he says to do STRENGTH training, such as squats, crunches, weights, anything related to that. i took his advice and began doing small amounts of weights everynight and surprisingly i wasn't sore the next mornings, so i've been doing this about three weeks now and i have to admit i honestly feel pretty good, best i've felt in a while!

    good luck!
  17. Be very careful. I had back surgery and did pool therapy in a heated pool. It felt good doing it, the hot water was great. BUT the PT gal had me do an hr each time. IT KILLED ME!

    OMG! I hurt so bad I could not stand it. I kept telling her that I hurt so bad and she kept adding more and more, that it was normal to hurt. Everyone says to exercise, stretch your muscles. OMG I about died. I am still paying for it a mo. later.

    Everyone is so different be careful.[This Message was Edited on 08/14/2008]
  18. lrning2cope

    lrning2cope New Member

    Fibrobutterfly :

    Did she start you out at an hour ? You must have been totally wiped !

    From reading all of the ideas here I get : swimming , yoga and some walking. I love all these ideas and I will see if I can start on one . I used to walk 6 miles a day , play basketball , tennis , and volleyball too. I would be happy now for at the most , walking 2 blocks.

    I guess starting is the first step . Walking would be great , but I have fears that I will fall (ataxia) and no one would find me. I guess I just have to overcome some of my fears and start something.

  19. ChyC

    ChyC New Member

    Hi Holly. You can try taking an cell phone with you on your walks. I got one just for that reason. Walking is an good way to exercise and you can take your time and enjoy your surroundings as well.

    Just a thought.

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