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fibropain fibropain
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 13:01
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fibromyalgia & workouts
any body with fibromyalgia using this site and what is the best workout that won't put you down for days after a workout?

lelogosdemoi lelogosdemoi
Charlotte NC
Thu, Jan 7, 2010 17:01
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Fibro workouts
I don't have Fibro, I have myofacial pain syndrome which is like a precourser and I have several friends who have fibromyalgia. When I don't work out, I am in pain. Workouts help me to control my symptoms and it doesn't matter what I do so much as that I'm consistantly exercising. Yoga, cardio, light lifting, heaving lifting, whatever. My doc told me I need to be working out 3-5 times a week to control my condition.

For me and my fibro-friends the key is to start slow. If you go from not working at all to a really intense workout, as someone who suffers from a pain syndrome it will trigger your pain beyond the normal pain of soreness. Don't go all out when you start. Do something you know you can handle. Walk briskly for 20 mins. Take an easy yoga class - or take a med one and drop to child's pose more often that the ppl around you. Lift for 20 mins with weights that feel challenging but that don't make you strain. You have to acclimate your body to working out more so than a "normal" person would. After about 2 weeks of consistent exercise you can start to challenge yourself more. I am power lifting now and pushing myself close to my limits every time I go to the gym...you can get to intensity too, just need to start out slow and ramp up gradually.

Also - I've found that taking fish oil has completely relieved the remnants of pain not negated by working out. I take 4,000 mgs a day, 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night.

I hope you can find your own path to pain-free living as well!

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