I was wondering what other people do for exercise. I walk a lot myself. I wanted to find some other exercises I could do but have not figured out what would work. Besides fibro I also messed up my neck really bad (badly healed fracture and herniated disk) and I'm not supposed to do anything that would put any strain at all on my neck or shoulders. I asked both my family dr and the specialist for my neck and they only would tell me what I could not do.. no suggestions on what I can. I really feel like I need to do more then just walking but between my neck and the fibro everything seems to be just too much. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I also have a bad neck with herniated and bulging discs and fibro. It bothers my neck, shoulders and arms the most. All I can do is walk. Anything over my head isn't good and bending or lifting too much isn't either. I'm Sorry I'm not more help. I would be careful though. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏
I walk 20-30 minutes daily. I break it down into 5-10 minutes of activity at a time so I do not overdo it. After doing 15 squats and barely being able to walk for a week after that, I’m pretty careful. Ocassionally I do Qigong (similar to tai chi but I find it less rigid and more fun and relaxing). Sit and Be Fit is a modified exercise class that is done sitting. It’s on PBS and YouTube.
I went to physical and occupational therapy and they taught me safe exercises and stretch to do daily. See if your doctor will refer you for PT. PT way better than doctor suggestions because that is all PT does. Even in just one eval session, they can get a home exercise program set up for you.
I really think the key is staying consistent with something that works for you, even if it is just walking.
Thank you for the suggestions everyone. I can't afford physical therapy and I have tried yoga before but had a hard time finding moves I could do. You seem to need a lot of arm and neck movement with many of them. I will look into the tai chi and Qigong and see what they will be like. Maybe I can find more stretches to do also.
I only do Lee Holden Qigong. I found him to be best as far as gentleness. Here’s a quick video for neck and stress. He has a ton more free ones on YouTube. You never push yourself past your comfort zone. If you can’t lift arms over your head, then you don’t. It’s more of relaxing into something than pushing.