Group Fitness Helps Me Manage Fybromyalgia

By: Dr. Adam Yoga

Name: Suzi Fevens, 31, of Confessions of a Fitness Instructor

The Crisis: “After being sick for the majority of my life with headaches, mysterious body aches and pains, insomnia, and a long list of other ailments, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia early in my 20s. At that time, I was as close to a walking zombie as you could get. I was only sleeping a few hours (of unrestful) sleep each night. I was in constant pain, and all I wanted to do was sleep.”

The Change: “I started seeing a naturopath who helped me get on a decent sleep schedule so that I didn’t feel so exhausted all the time. Next I started walking and later moved into running and workout videos.”

The Cure: “Over a period of five years, I went from being inactive, overweight, and in so much pain I could barely stand it to being 30 pounds lighter and a full-time fitness instructor. I still deal with the pain of fibromyalgia but at a much lesser degree than I did five years ago. I credit exercise in general for saving my life. Without it I know I would be on countless pain medications, overweight, and still working that 9-5 job.”

Suzi’s Tip: “Start small and keep at it. It really is difficult at first because exercise can really rile up muscle and joint pain when you aren’t used to doing it. Start by walking for 5-10 minutes at a time and slowly build up your time. If you are sore the next, day don’t give up, try to walk for another 5-10 minutes. Each day the pain will lessen. I promise.”

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