Yesterday I saw the exercise hotshot to discuss what sort of exercise I can do to work towards getting healthy, fit and strong. To my eternal relief and great pleasure, this was someone who understands the challenges of fibromyalgia and the need to work gradually towards good health.
He gave me terrific advice about how to pace myself, how to gradually increase exercise so as not to overload myself, and how to maintain a health diary so that I can keep track of the small increments in activity, and monitor what works and what doesn’t.
I have seen lots of advice ot those of us with fibromyalgia about getting up to one hour a day of aerobic exercise and I must say that I – and fellow fibro sufferers – fall around laughing. That sort of exercise would leave me flat out in bed for quite a few weeks and maybe months. For some reason, the muscles of fibro sufferers don’t recover well from exercise which is why you need to proceed very slowly and in small increments.
The exercise guy also showed me simple exercises to increase my balance and strength so that I feel more confident about being able to move without my ankle or knee or hip giving way on me.
All in all, so far, I’m really glad I signed up for this “getting healthy” programme because the support has been non-judgmental, sympathetic and entirely constructive.