So this picture about sums up how I feel about exercise right now… The last thing I want to do is exercise, but I know that it really does help me feel better once I’m able to be fairly consistent with it.
I really do feel better when I’m moving more, but like many people, I’m having a hard time getting started again. I don’t know about you, but what happens with me is I’ll be doing pretty well with exercising, then I’ll have a flare-up, or I’ll get hurt, or something interferes with my schedule, and the next thing I know, I’m not exercising at all. Once I break that habit, I have a terrible time getting back to it.
Right now, my movement is just day-to-day activity; trying to move more in general, but I want to become more purposeful about moving my body and improving my stamina. One day I would love to be able to do one of my favorite things again – take a picnic and go on a hike. My husband and I used to do that a lot, but since I’ve had fibromyalgia, I haven’t been able to do it. My goal is to be able to at least take a picnic somewhere this Spring. I still may not be able to hike very far, but I’d love to be able to spend some time out in nature and not come home exhausted.
Here are a few things I’ll keep in mind as I design my plan:
FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN STARTING YOUR EXERCISE PROGRAM
- Consult your physician – Most doctors tell us to exercise, but people who have fibromyalgia often have other issues as well. Make sure you talk to your doctor to ensure the exercise you want to do is safe for you.
- Start slowly – Start slowly and work your way up. Right now, even dragging yourself out of bed may be a challenge. That’s okay – start where you are. Increase the amount of movement slowly, at a pace that’s right for you. At first it may not even be things that are considered “exercise” but day-to-day activities. I started out just trying to do one thing, such as cooking dinner or doing one load of laundry.
- Listen to your body – Everyone’s experience of fibromyalgia is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. Pay attention to what your body is telling you, and adjust as needed.
- Do something you like – You’ll be much more likely to stick with an activity if you like it. Find something you enjoy doing and your workout won’t feel like punishment.
- Be kind to yourself – Go into this knowing that there will be days that you won’t feel up to working out. Give yourself permission to take the rest day and not beat yourself up about it. This doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” thing. Do what you can, and don’t worry about the rest.
I’m ready to get started! Who wants to join me?