DOES FIBRO FRIENDLY FITNESS EXIST?
Here’s the fibro fitness Catch 22 — we’re supposed to exercise to reduce pain, but it causes pain to exercise. So we don’t exercise. Then we feel more pain and continue to look for solutions.
Wait a minute … is that even logical?
This issue isn’t only connected to fibromyalgia or chronic health challenges such as ME/CFS, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Anyone with body pain and/or an injury can relate.
Maybe this has happened to you, too. You’re told that fitness (or that big bad word, exercise) is supposed to reduce pain, but it hurts too much to move, so when it comes to fitness, you say, “No thanks. I’ll pass.”
I get it. I personally followed that un-fitness protocol for years.
But then I decided to try my own methods. I started with a simple stretching routine at home and later included classes at a gym. That’s where I fell in love with tai chi. Was it love at first try? Nope. I thought if I had to do Moving-Hands-Like-Clouds all day, I’d go nuts. I thought it was way too slow. Only with time did I learn that I (my mind) was set on a speed that was way too fast.
That was my learning curve. Fast forward half a decade, and I’ve learned ways to make this transition even easier. Great results stem from combining moving meditations such as tai chi, qigong, and yoga with other fibro friendly fitness therapies.
And, combining activities saves time, too. Who wouldn’t want to get multiple benefits from the same time investment?
The key is to find the SWEET SPOT of fitness intensity that works for you. Too little (or no) movement isn’t enough to provide pain relief and too much movement can cause even more pain. Look for that perfect balance of movement and intensity that creates a challenge but isn’t detrimental. Work up slowly to an intensity level that works for your specific fitness needs.
Here’s a great fitness option to try.
Combine the healing benefits of moist heat, the relaxation and stress-management benefits of moving meditations, and the physical benefits of non-impact stretching and muscle activity. Achieve this all and more with Aqua Therapy!
My own experience parallels the results of studies that have shown fitness to be an amazing pain reducer. The healthier I am (and the more fit), the less pain I experience. It’s that fundamental.
The therapeutic benefits of warm water are many, but as a whole, it’s soothing to both mind and the body. Moving in water allows the body to use resistance to tone muscles while still allowing the body to move freely without stress or impact.
While the healing benefits of natural bodies of water are greater (depending on water quality, of course), even man-made pools can prove beneficial. If possible, seek out saltwater pools that don’t use chlorine and chemicals. And, of course a warm consistent temperature is a must. Look for recommendations to aqua therapy classes in your area through physical therapy clinics, local chiropractors, yoga studios, community centers, and senior centers.
For those of us with fibromyalgia, arthritis, and/or other chronic health challenges, daily movement conditions, tones, and soothes sore muscles and painful joints.
So, why not make it count? Add aqua therapy to your toolbox of fitness routines to consider. Keep in mind that there are many great fibro friendly fitness options to try.
Have you experienced aqua therapy? Tell this Rebuilding Wellness community all about it!