Category: Exercise

Virtual Running

Anyone who follows the blog will know that I am desperate to be able to run a 5k without stopping … why?!  I’m not really sure, just feel like that is a great physical challenge and one that I could achieve over time. I am kinda stubborn and bloody minded and am determined not to let fibromyalgia dictate what I can and can’t do.

I have tried all sorts of ways to get that 5k including the Couch to 5K programs, but until recently, I was really struggling. The aim seemed like a never ending battle.

It’s well known, that having a running buddy helps to motivate and push you to achieve personal bests, but I don’t really have anyone locally I could run with, and those I do know who run, would run circles around me. That wouldn’t be motivational, it would just be demoralising. So what’s the answer?

Well, I recently discovered virtual running and I am officially hooked! Even my daughter has got involved!

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A Virtual Stampede

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Throughout the summer, Sheffield has been home to a massive herd of elephants. The herd have been raising money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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The Time Is Now

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I have been feeling increasingly frustrated of late. Frustrated by my limitations. I mean I am trying to keep active, I am trying to go to the gym regularly, I am trying to walk regularly and I am trying to do as much as I can physically, and yet it never seems to get easier. It hurts as much as it ever did and I never seem to be making progress.

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4 Things I Love About My Fitbit

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I bought a Fitbit Charge HR last year and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I had been using apps on my phone to track activity and record sleep in a bid to feel better about the amount of exercise I was doing and find out how much sleep I was achieving each night. It wasn’t until I got the Fitbit that I started to recognise the patterns between flares and exercise, the quantity of movement I was doing in relation to how tired I felt, and the number of hours sleep I was actually getting.

I have found the Fitbit incredibly useful for learning more about my body, my capabilities and how exercise and sleep quality affects me and my Fibromyalgia. So much so that I actually am quite obsessed with monitoring what I am doing and hate to leave the house without my Fitbit on my wrist.

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Walking With Fibromyalgia

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One of the most frustrating things about becoming ill was how little exercise I could actually do. Even just walking with Fibromyalgia was a challenge. Two years prior to the symptoms starting I had introduced quite a rigorous exercise regime and had lost over 3 stone in weight. Initially, I thought the pain in my back and knees was caused by ‘over doing’ it with the exercise and so gradually I reduced what I was doing until I wasn’t doing very much at all. The weight started to pile back on.

Hiking through the Yorkshire countryside has always been something I loved to do and something we tried to do on a regular basis. Over time it became clear that I couldn’t keep up, that I needed help carrying my backpack, that I needed to stop more often for a breather.

I was even struggling with the short walk from my car to my office 5 days a week for work. Every single day it became more and more painful. I would worry constantly that I was doing damage to my back, that my knees were going to pop out and that with every step I took I was aggravating ‘whatever was wrong with me’ and making it worse.

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