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Exercise!

Postby banana » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:22 pm

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Hi all,
I have recently been sign posted (by physio) for an exercise referral scheme at my local gym. I used to attend the gym as well as a few fitness classes a few years back, but my health and studies got in the way. Prior to my diagnosis I lost a lot of weight but I soon put it back on, and more some, post-diagnosis. I know that some medication can make you put on weight and I thought the referral scheme would be a great chance to get back in to shape. OH, but does the fibro have other ideas for me!!! I attended my first session today and even after I told the specialist trainer that I was quite fatigued and weak, he said that it would be ok and he would set up a 45-60 programme for me. We started on the rowing machine- it was only the warm up and I wasn't doing very well! He told me to pick up the pace and my body just was not having it! He started getting all 'personal trainer' at me, but I just did not have anything more to give and OH MY GOD did it start to hurt my back. So 4 minutes in, he scrapped that idea and we moved on to the cross-trainer. Big mistake! I started on a good resistance level and at a good pace, but by the 4th minute I was sweating buckets and unable to communicate verbally. 5 minutes in, I was having tunnel vision and began to visibly shake. Needless to say this was quite embarrassing and I got a little emotional. Stupid body. At this point the specialist ripped up the programme and said that it was maybe better if we met more frequently, so I am seeing him again tomorrow! I know my ridiculous fitness level is partially my own fault for being so un-fit, but I hate the idea that I can no longer push myself the way I used to. Lord knows the pain I will be feeling tomorrow! Please feel free to share any other fibro-related, exercise nightmares?
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Re: Exercise!

Postby LindyM66 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:28 am

Hi Banana

Perhaps gentle stretching exercises may be better. Or swimming, as the water supports your body. Walking. Higher impact sports are a no no for me. I just can't do it anymore.
This may sound like a silly question, but does the trainer actually understand what FM is? Alot don't.
Do you know what frustrates me? This attitude of "push through the pain". Pushing through the pain-if you can even do that-only exacerbates my symptoms, and can set me back for a good couple of weeks. THAT is what they need to understand.
"Maybe you need to exercise more" - is another comment that instantly lights my fuse. Or " well, you do sit down alot" - yes, I use a laptop for work. Oh wait a minute-I'll learn how to type standing on my head!
Mostly, I can let things like this slide off my back, but every now and then, I have thoughts to ram a sharp implement right up the persons backside!

Listen to your body and do what your body allows you to do.

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Re: Exercise!

Postby galio » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:33 pm

sounds like the trainer has no idea of fibro, think i would have died of embarrassment if he had got all PT on me, I hate the fact i can no longer go for a wee walk (which was a nice 2 mile circuit) I struggle around the supermarket now, its not a choice its the4 way my body is now, approaching a new exercise regime means you have to pace and increase activity levels slowly or you will find yourself worse that when you started,I started following a guy called the fibro guy on youtube and fb, he knows what its about as he has fibro but he has got some great results simply because he knows you cant push it too fast. he was great answering my questions in pms as i have a double whammy of hypermobility syndrome so some of the exercises are not suitable for me. maybe get your PT to look at his site and others that tell how it is with fibro(rather than how it is cured by exercising!)he may get an idea of how to approach your training better. take care and good luck
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Re: Exercise!

Postby banana » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:51 pm

As predicted, I did not end up going back the next day! And sadly I have not been back all week! I don't know if he knows what fibromyalgia is or how it works etc. but I did feel like screaming "I KNOW MY BODY BETTER THAN YOU!" I am hoping to go swimming and start some yoga next week. Thanks for the tip with the youtube guy, I will check him out! I have very painful ankles today, perhaps he has something for this!
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Re: Exercise!

Postby LindyM66 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:14 am

Yes Galio , thanks for the tip. I-ve liked fibro guyss FB page and intend to check out his you tube vids.

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Re: Exercise!

Postby AngieRo » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:37 pm

Hi banana, I used to go to boot camp twice a week before I got diagnosed....then the GP said that I should maybe do some gentle exercise instead! Which I did, yoga. I really like it now and I do it regularly....not always at the gym but at home following you tube videos. I also started meditation and that really helps me calm down, accept it as it is and sometimes sleep well! I, like the others who replied, think your PT knows nothing about FM. Listen to your own body and mind and, although this sounds crazy, enjoy the gentle exercise xx
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Re: Exercise!

Postby Eian Mcneely » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:08 am

Swimming sound like the best exercise for the back muscles...Listening to your body always work as you know yourself better.
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Re: Exercise!

Postby SchroedingersCat » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:38 am

Interesting how my experiences tend to differ from the majority here. If I listened to my body, I'd never get out of bed. Instead I ignore it and walk an average of 5 km per day, and do a lot of gardening and housework. The one thing that utterly destroys me is keeping still in a chair for hours on end.
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