Taking Steps with Fibromyalgia

Taking Steps with Fibromyalgia
We all know that fibromyalgia means having good days and bad days. I just never realized how very different those days were. A few months ago, I felt well both physically and emotionally (a rarity), and I realized that too much of my time was spent sitting. I definitely needed an exercise increase. To do this, I needed to know what my present activity level was. I had heard about pedometers for years but had never used one. I rarely walked enough to measure. But feeling more capable with my spurt of well-being, I found a free app called Stepz and bravely downloaded it on my phone. I was reluctant to know just how sedentary I was! Before using the app, I needed to calculate the length of my stride, which is the distance between each step. This number (which my husband measured with chalk and a yardstick), multiplied by the number of steps I take, determines how far I walk each day. Also required was a suggested daily activity goal (in steps). That stumped me. Very healthy, very active friends of mine routinely achieve 10,000 steps (five miles) every day. That goal was laughable for me. In truth, any walking goal is equally ridiculous. Given the unpredictability of my symptoms, my true goal is to do whatever I can — if and when I can. But I had to choose some number, and 3,000 seemed as good as any. I could always adjust it later. After stretching my unconditioned leg muscles and chugging half a bottle of water, I put my phone in my pocket and set out to walk. The conditions were perfect. It was late morning, which is my most energetic time of day. The weather was warm but not hot, and the sun shone (my greatest motivator). Also, I was walking with a friend. That always adds to the pleasure of a walk for me, but it can also be dangerous. I tend to get so in
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  1. Carol Ellis says:

    Great job of pacing – and avoiding the trap of comparing yourself to others. I wouldn’t be surprised to see your daily goal creep up as you continue to move regularly and pace yourself. I’ve had Fibromyalgia for 22 years and held a demanding job for 20 of those years and have continued to stretch daily and walk for all those years. When I got into trouble was when I stopped for a while – and then I had trouble getting started again. Warm water pool therapy and a change to a non-inflammatory diet got me back on track. Best wishes.

    • Anon says:

      I have no idea how you’ve managed to hold down a job, I know with my fibromyalgia I could never have done that as there is absolutely no leftover energy to do anything even moving a few steps exhausts me

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