If you don’t move it, you will lose it (functional mobility that is).
How do I know this? It happened to me. When I became pregnant with my son, my fibromyalgia symptoms
were in full flare mode, and because of my pregnancy I could no longer take any medications for the pain.
The pain became especially bad in my left shoulder, so much so that I stopped using my left arm almost entirely. I did the worst thing that you can do for fibromyalgia
, I stopped being active. By the time my son was born my left arm had atrophied and I had lost most of my functional mobility in it. I felt twice my age for I couldn’t even perform simple tasks such as opening a jar. As soon as I could, I returned to physical therapy.
I have learned the hard way that the less I move the worse I feel, and the more I move the better I feel
So what is the point I am trying to make? Just move, and then keep on moving!
Yes it may be a little uncomfortable at first but I have found that a little discomfort helps to increase my pain
tolerance. At the very least try to get out and do a little walk, and the next day a little more, then keep on walking. Don’t forget to swing your arms, they need to move too. As you progress try to add in some light hand weights to help keep your arms strong. Do your best to get in your 10,000 steps a day. Remember you don’t have to do them all at once. Exercise
is cumulative, at the end of the day it all adds up.
Don’t guard yourself to the point of no return. Trust me the ability to move is not something that you want to take for granted. Like the old saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
Tina Whitlock is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Sharecare Fitness Expert with a unique perspective from her experience with fibromyalgia. View her profile on Sharecare.com to learn more about her story.