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Do I pick a gym membership or do I stuck to my streachy bands at home.

Dec 26, 2015 5:30 PM

This is not a resolution of anything its more of a way I'm trying to get myself out the house more often. With all the tention my family has. Plus although lossing weight is probably pointless to consider right now I do want to keep trying.
So I've considered getting a membership at planet fitness for me and my sister. But with fibromayalgia is a gym membership a good investment? Will I be able to use it enough to get my money out of it.? My doctors has said very light low impact activities and no more then 5 to 10 mins at a time.
So what's you guys opinion?

Dec 27, 2015 1:57 AM

Honestly I would stick to physical therapy kind of simple workouts at home and when you get to the point where those aren't helping anymore then get the membership! You can look up what you should do online and use the bands and your body weight to do a lot. I'm inspired that you're thinking about doing all this dispite the pain you're in! Keep it up πŸ‘πŸΌ

Dec 27, 2015 11:53 AM

I'd say skip the gym for now, use your stretchy bands at home, or if you're up for it maybe try the 7 min workout. It's pretty simple, but I definitely feel it.

Dec 27, 2015 5:57 PM

I think I agree.. The gym is great but with my flares coming more often I feel its a waste of money. I've heard and used some of the 7 min workouts they r pretty good.

Dec 27, 2015 6:13 PM

Actually had a7 min workout recommended during PT

Dec 27, 2015 6:14 PM

Really is it everyday you use it or as tolerated?

Dec 27, 2015 6:59 PM

At least 5 times a week, except when I have a flu or cold. There are some days when is hard, and I'll modify the workout but try to still do it. Just listen to your body, if it's too much, then so and come back to it later.

Dec 27, 2015 7:22 PM

Thank you.. I really am trying to do healthy things and keep as healthy of a life style as I can. Im surprised my doctors has not said anything about me lossing weight. But I suppose they see all my health issues and they know my weight is not due to bad choices but to massive tumors and extreme pain. But I personally want to loss the weight I've gained. So I'm gonna try to do what I can

Dec 27, 2015 7:44 PM

New, if it were me, I would just go with the stretchy bands. The more that you use them, the more core strength you'll get. I have a stretchy band but it really doesn't work for me because there is not enough resistance with it.

Dec 27, 2015 8:08 PM

Thank Amanda.. My physical therapist gave me a few different ones and my dad's therapist made me one that I can use for when I get stronger. I think you guys are right. Starting and staying slow and steady is best. At least for now. I've even tried doing timed walking and that sent me into a huge flare.

Dec 29, 2015 7:34 AM

I have FM and I teach aquafitness at my local YMCA; I trained to become an instructor after starting classes to help manage my pain. Many of the members have different pain conditions. The water is amazing for lessening impact while giving resistance. Everyone goes at their own pace and instructors give different options for a range of intensity. Some people go for a full cardio workout while others just enjoy being in the water with friends. It is also a positive social experience for many of the members. The YMCA offers reduced membership fees based on income or free membership for volunteers. Of course this isn't an option or the right fit for everyone, but it has been a great fit for me. :)

Dec 29, 2015 7:53 AM

I have considered that also even my rheumatologist suggested it. Bit I also have a bleeding disorder so I'm concerned bout doing water activities. Is there any other options or adjustments I can make for that.

Dec 29, 2015 11:08 PM

I'm with doing what you can at home, or maybe at your sister's or a friend's house. Have you checked to see if there is a group who exercises, say at the local library or a church? When I was in 8 weeks of PT ordered by the doc, there were several times I went that I could not complete the exercises. I contemplated a gym prior y to the PT, but now I know I can't hold out. πŸ™‚πŸŒΌπŸ™πŸ˜·

Dec 30, 2015 12:04 AM

My fibro flare has settled quite a bit after numerous chiro and acupuncture treatments, massage. I feel I am less anxious due to less pain and the acupuncture. I did some research about fibro classes at one of the local hospitals. It helps also with people with chronic pain. It is run by a Physiotherapist. This is her specialty, this and arthritis. There is one coming up in January. I hope that I am able to participate. I have lost much strength in past 5 months. I will be starting at the bottom. I wish that I could commit to exercising at home. I have social anxiety so I am signing up at the gym this Thursday. I need to get out of my house. I can't do it on my own. They have a therapeutic warm pool. Which has free swim time or instructor lead. There is also yoga for people with similar challenges. I will then move into walking and the machines. Pacing that is a tough one! I need to really think about my goals to help project my efforts. I would love to be able to have my pain numbers come down to 4-5, they have been 9 & 10 for a long time. I ask of myself that I do the best I can. A day at a time.
I hope that you can take a chance to seek out opportunities old or new that may give you some relief. I wish you well. Beets.

Dec 30, 2015 4:05 AM

I was advised to go to the gym but do gentle exercise as loosing weight will out less pressure on your joints. Also with stretchy ligaments and tendons it will strengthen your muscles as well. Try going to a gym with a pool, this is a great way to stay fit and loose weight with putting minimal pressure on your joints. Avoid running but do speed walking instead? It may be an idea to speak to a trainer once you join for advice as they will have good knowledge on this. Hope this helps x

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