It varies a lot from person to person. My pain is mostly in my back, so I find that walking helps. Also, especially when I am flaring, I like the "warmup" section of my pilates workout. It's not demanding at all, but it really loosens me up.
Of course, swimming is great, but I hate going to the pool. So I usually rely on other stuff.
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This is a great question! I've been having issues doing my yoga dvd and I can't afford classes. Walking isn't too great because of the weather and my whole neighborhood is on a hill, which isn't good for starting out. Ha ha. I hate pools as well, so any other ideas are great!
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Thank you to all who answered. I have trouble walking for very long, and my IBS is so bad, I am too worried to go to a pool. After doing research, I got a recumbent bicycle after Christmas thinking that would be my answer, but after many, many tries, I just have not been able to use it without suffering so much pain during and after. My knees just scream each time I push on the pedals. I am 58 years old and have been diagnosed since 2002. I know to start exercising slow and to listen to my body, but am not sure where that leaves me.
About 8 weeks ago I started swimming, thinking it can do no harm to try. Other forms of exercise made me feel horrible but I find as long as I take some relaxation time after I feel great. So now I go regularly, and I find that the usual fibro pain is lessened in water for some reason (may be psychosomatic but if it is great whatever the case) - i also find i feel less depressed afterwards too, i guess because any muscle pain can be put down to actual exercise rather than just being my body sucking :-p My advice - try anything once and see how you feel :-)
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