Struggling with feeling good with Fibromyalgia?
Or any other chronic disorder for that matter? Again, I’m no doctor or certified anything, but as a woman with Fibromyalgia, I’m here to encourage you from a place of personal experience. Before having kids, I also struggled with endometriosis. You see, there’s been something between me and exercising most of my adult life… Yet, I’m excited to encourage you in knowing that feeling good with Fibromyalgia is completely possible!
If you’ve been around here for a bit then you’ve heard about my struggle. What started with general aches and pains turned into full-fledged zombiehood. The internist who finally diagnosed me recommended exercise for treatment. Needless to say, I left the office somewhat furious and defeated. It seemed impossible. Soon I found out it was entirely possible.
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What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Before we get into staying healthy and feeling good with Fibromyalgia, I wanted to talk about what causes it. I feel like there’s so much misunderstanding about Fibromyalgia. There’s so much still unknown. This makes living with it somewhat frustrating. There’s no known cause, but there are triggers that appear to cause it including (among others):
- Emotional or Physical abuse
- and Other Diseases
Why Exercise is a key component to feeling good with Fibromyalgia
Exercise is key to naturally increasing endorphins and serotonin levels. Why does that matter? Those are key ingredients needed to battle depression and stress. Depression and stress are potential factors in triggering Fibromyalgia. I can testify that the more stressed I am, personally, the more my Fibromyalgia flares up.
Now, let me ask you- Are you experiencing regular depression and/or stress? I’m guessing that dealing with all you have on your plate in addition to any special needs makes you a likely candidate for either of these things. According to Web MD, “For those who feel “stressed out” frequently, exercise can help to desensitize your body to stress.” Who couldn’t use that?!
“But I’m not a marathoner…”
Good news! You don’t have to be! There are so many ways to start slowly. You can even stay there at that slow pace. The point is to get moving. period. Don’t rush yourself. Push a little more each day. There are several low-impact exercises you can benefit from (starting like yesterday) including:
- Walking- If you aren’t a believer in walking, you need to be! My knee injuries sidelined me big time, and walking is a saving grace! If you’re a skeptic, you need to listen to this podcast from Shawn Stevenson. If you’re stuck indoors during the winter (or in summer, like me here in the desert) walking around the house will do, or you can check out Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home if you need something to keep your attention.
- Swimming- If you have access to a pool, swimming is a killer workout. Deceptively vigorous, yet easy on the joints. I first tried water aerobics after graduating boot camp. In the best shape of my life, I was huffing and puffing for air, while the white-haired beauties beside me were cruising with ease! So here’s the thing- don’t push like me, work into it, but don’t skip this thinking it’s a waste of workout time!
Wishing you health & fitness friend!
Your Turn: Have you shrugged off these exercises in the past as I once used to?
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