Hi ladies & gents
I'm just wondering if I could get some advice from you, I'm a 31yr old male, 5ft11 and 107kg. I've suffered from fibro symptoms since 2005 & have only just been officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia this year. Ive got to the point where I'm sick on how I look & feel. I've always dreamed to have a body like the guys you see on the front cover of men's health, muscles & toned. What would be the best way to go about this? I know I have too take things slow and steady as my body can't take much of a beating.
Hello, I'm glad you want to exercise, I'm sorry I can't help you but I'm not an expert, surely someone will give you good advices, I wish you the best.
Slow and steady is the best way to go. Motion is lotion for your joints but with fibromyalgia it may be some trial and error as to what just enough and what is too much. Start out with 10 to 15 minutes of exercise and attempt to add 5 minutes each week until you find a comfortable exercise level. Focus on complex movements that work multiple muscle groups(squats, lunges, biceps curls to press etc) this will give you more bang for your buck. Some people with fibromyalgia also will tolerate water based exercises better than land based programs. I'd also look into yoga, ti chi or pilates. Certain foods can also cause inflammation to your body(joints and muscles) so I'd search Google for foods to avoid. And finally consult with a rheumatologist for possible meds. if needed. Good luck and hope this is helpful.
I've found that any exercise is better than no exercise. That being said you will know your limits and low impact exercises are better to start out with for me running on a track or road would leave me in bed for a few days after but running the same distance on an elliptical machine I was still sore but it was from working my muscles instead of the fibro. I also do some light weight lifting and body weight exercise. A patients like me .com member once said "Its better to be strong and sore than in pain and weak." Start small and maybe bring a friend that understands for support and motivation!