One of the first things that people do after diagnosis is to stop moving. They sit for hours trying to avoid the pain, only to find that they are in more chronic pain when they do decide they need to get up and move, to go to the loo or to make a cuppa. This accompanied with stiffness in the joints and muscles adds to a downward spiral of losing muscle density and increased mobility problems, so causing more pain and increased risk of trips and falls.
We must keep moving! It is recommended that you move away from what you are doing every 20 minutes to keep the muscles flexible and reduce the pain and stiffness from being seated or lying down for extended periods of time.
Gentle walks help keep the hip flexor muscles and the hips working. If you lose the use of these, it’s a long road to recovery with weeks of physiotherapy. Who wants to be stuck in a chair for the rest of their days? Gentle walks don’t mean going for an all-day hill walk! It means a five-minute walk round the block, saying hello to neighbours and interacting in the community, or a wander on the local park for half an hour, listening to the birds and taking an interest in what’s around you.
There is a big issue about us being torn between the NHS and the DWP.
The NHS are encouraging us to keep a healthy lifestyle and exercise, while it is feared that the DWP will take away our benefits if we can walk more than 20 meters.
Just because we can walk a short distance, doesn’t mean it is a miracle cure, nor does it mean we are able to repeat it. However, taking bite size steps to improving your lifestyle will give you a better quality of life with fibro. The choice is yours! Fibro Active go on a gentle walk around West Park or other local areas weekly on Wednesdays, dogs are welcome. You are welcome to use walking aids, mobility scooters and if you have a carer, a wheel chair. We only go as fast as the slowest person in the group. All walks are chosen for their accessibility to facilities and parking. So, we are never too far away from a loo or a bench.
Afterwards, we like to reward ourselves with lunch at a local restaurant, pub or café where we can have a good natter together.