Now that Spring is here and we are beginning to have lighter evenings. It’s a good time to consider reviewing your fitness and exercise regime if you have one.
After I was was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2004, I found that exercise helped me a lot as I struggled to find things I could do. When you have Fibromyalgia it is a daunting prospect, keeping fit. Particularly starting out for the first time, with a new exercise.
It’s really important to keep as healthy as possible, as your level of stamina fluctuates so much.
I have made a list of everything that has helped me that you could try.
I found walking to be the most accessible and best for my circumstances. Walking can help to boost your energy levels and enjoy nature.
If you suffer from low mood, walking on a regular basis is a good non medical therapy, to help feel more positive.
If you are on a low-income, it’s no problem to try out as there is no sign up charges.
If you are new to walking it is best to start with 5 to 10 minutes at first and gradually increase this as your body gets used to the exercise.
You will need to try out a pattern that suits you.
When you first start you may need to get some comfortable shoes and wrap up well with thermal layers on cold days.
Walking is one you should really consider; it can help you loose weight and get exercise. It’s possible for most people to take up walking and it’s easy to start…..
Being a fibromyalgia sufferer I notice any temperature drop as the weather changes, straight away.My joints feel stiff, I get more pain and all my symptoms get progressively worse. I still try to keep active if I can everyday by walking. I wear layers and thermals to keep warm.
I started walking regularly before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.I’d been suffering with lower back pain and sciatica, which got progressively worse.I was unable to work. My doctor said I need to go to physio first; to get the muscles and joints moving and when I’m mobile to start walking regularly.
At the time I thought it was really unhelpful advice as I could barely move, let alone walk anywhere!But after a few painful physio sessions. I started with short bursts at first of 5 to 10 minutes, progressing to longer walks.Now I do a regular walk every day and have not suffered from back pain so much; I also have more energy to do things.
I look forward to my walk everyday, sometimes twice a day if I’m not too tired later on. I like walking especially on a fine sunny day; it can really lift your mood.I live near a park and I can vary my daily walks through wooded areas and quiet residential streets. I usually spend about 25-45 minutes on each walk and vary the terrain. On really cold or wet days when my symptoms are worse, I go for a walk at a local covered shopping centre, which means I still get exercise but I’m not exposed to the elements as much as outside.
I bought a new pair of waterproof walking boots recently; which are great to wear in rain and snow. I bought mine from a outdoor clothing and footwear shop in the sale. I’ve also invested in a waterproof jacket,woolly hat, thermal gloves and socks. I find it difficult keeping my hands and feet warm, when it is really cold. Research shows we loose most heat from our hands and feet; so it makes sense to keep these areas as warm as possible.
If you plan to begin walking and have not exercised recently it would be advisable to consult your doctor or health professional beforehand.
If your joints are very stiff it might help to try gentle exercise at your local heated swimming pool first. Exercising in water supports the body and would free up joints. If you are a wheelchair user some pools have special equipment to access the water easily.
When you feel ready to start put on some comfortable shoes and suitable waterproof clothing for the weather.Start off with short bursts of 5 to 10 minutes and gradually build up from this. You will find you get more confidence and can do longer distances.
Throughout the UK free regular guided walks are provided byWalking for health which is funded by the UK People’s Postcode Lottery and Macmillan.They offer different short walks for beginners which are for 20-30 minutes long. The route you walk over is easy terrain as they are specifically designed for people who are not very active. Some walks are suitable for wheelchair users and people with buggies.
If you are a wheelchair user the UK website Walks with wheelchairsis dedicated to routes for wheelchair users.All walks have been tested by wheelchair users.