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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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The Fibro Diaries | Staying Active With Fibromyalgia

Being diagnosed with a chronic condition, it's easy to completely lose who you are. I used to be a girl who was very active and sporty, I played netball and went to an athletics club, I even studied P.E. at GCSE level voluntarily! I always noticed some difficulties with exercising thanks to my hips - I've had problems with them since birth - but I always managed to exercise without any pain.

If you knew me now, you'd be so surprised when you found out how much I used to genuinely love sports and exercising. I thought I had more sporty photos if I'm honest but clearly not. When I was in Primary School I LOVED football, hence why I have this NUFC strip on - I ended up wearing this to my birthday party! And then when I started netball at Uni, we had a charity game where we had to dress in bright colours - I looked pretty stupid but at the time it was so much fun, even though I could barely take part as my fibro had started by this point.

I noticed my Fibromyalgia symptoms setting in when I was around 18, just when I started Uni, which wasn't ideal! I still tried my best to stay active, because I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in sports activities. I joined the Uni netball team, but found not long after that it was almost impossible to take part without getting injured.

It's only now I've been diagnosed and have been able to research Fibromyalgia and learn what my body can and can't handle that I've been able to think about exercising again. Whilst I'm still not ready to start running marathons or join teams again, I'm excited to get back into something that I really did love. I thought I'd put together a short list of the exercises I do at the minute, and what I think is good for those who might suffer with a chronic condition!

1. Pilates
I did this for a while a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, but had to stop for other reasons. I was really lucky that the woman who ran the class had experience with joint hypermobility, so she would always take the time to let me know if I should be doing things a certain way or if I should sit exercises out. I've since had physiotherapy to help strengthen the muscles around my joints, and I've found that there's a lot of similarities between the two, so I think this is a great one!

2. Swimming
I love swimming, I always feel like being in the water stops me from feeling a lot of my pain - I'm always taking baths for this reason! It's a great way of exercising gently, without causing huge strain on your body. I've always wanted to try the aqua aerobics classes you see out there, I think they would be great as again, being underwater would reduce pain, but they always seem to be during my work hours!

3. Boogie Bounce
Okay, this may come as a surprise, but I've personally found that Boogie Bounce is a great way of exercising. Because you're bouncing on mini trampolines, your body isn't taking all of the impact, the trampoline does! You can take it as easy as you'd like too, and it's so much fun. Whilst I'll always be slightly tender after exercising, I found that after boogie bounce, I was never in a huge amount of pain - I'd say it was just a normal level, the same as anyone else who maybe doesn't suffer from a chronic condition, so that's always a plus! 

4. Bike Riding
I've heard many times from doctors and physiotherapists that this is a great one for people with joint problems, but I can never really sit on the seats properly, it's so uncomfortable?! I probably should just give it a go anyway, especially if it'll help with my joints. This is a great one for people who like to be outdoors too. 

Just a small list - at the end of the day, it's all down to how much you can do based on your own pain and abilities, but I think this is a good start if you're looking for a way to get back into exercising without causing any further problems!

I'd love to hear your hints and tips for exercising. I'm currently on a weightloss journey through SlimmingWorld and waiting until I hit my target to start exercising and toning up, so I'll need some fitness inspo for then!

Abbey xx


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