Your Brain on Exercise. Wedding Bells, too!

Your Brain on Exercise. Wedding Bells, too!

Your brain on exercise is an amazing thing. I read a brief article in a recent issue of Experience Life, my favorite, straightforward health and fitness mag, about the impact of exercise on the aging brain. Of course, it got me thinking about exercise and the fibromyalgia brain since much of the research in cognitive function in fibromyalgia draws comparisons to cognitive function in aging populations. Oh, and I got married, too. Yippee!!

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Fibro Flare Recovery Gets a Boost with Movement

Fibro Flare Recovery Gets a Boost with Movement

Happy Spring! Meteorologically speaking, we are fully 5 days into it! Even Punxsutawney Phil called it early this year so that's good enough for me. I don't know what all that white stuff is outside some of your windows, but I've got roses in my glasses and cherry blossoms in my heart. I'm also going to talk about fibro flares today so I figured a little overkill with the opening cheer wouldn't hurt.

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Routines: 6 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Routines: 6 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Happy New Year, faithful fibro readers! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with more good time spent with friends and family than on stressing over friends and family...and the holiday season. Hope you ate well, and by "well" I mean guiltlessly scarfing down handfuls of anything not green or leafy. That one's easy. Did you keep up with your exercise routine? Me neither, at least not in it's usual form. But that's ok, now's the time to get back on track.

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Locus of Control: What You Believe About Pain Control Dictates How You Feel

December 14, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity  |  Share
Locus of Control: What You Believe About Pain Control Dictates How You Feel

Locust of Control

Are you a control freak? If not, maybe you should be, at least over your pain. Turns out, your belief in your ability to control your own pain has a huge impact on your overall well being. The influence of this belief is so powerful, it can even be seen in your brain's activity in an MRI scanner. How cool is that?! But what if you don't feel like you have any control? You've seen every doctor on the planet and they all say you're crazy. You've done everything they've told you and nothing works. You've resigned yourself because no one can help you. What then?

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Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

November 18, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity, Getting Started  |  Share
Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

I've often yammered about my love of, support for and belief in all things physical activity. The benefits, the reasons...the benefits. I even educated myself in physical activity, I love it that much. I've suggested a few ways to get or keep you motivated. I've also suggested a few types of activities you could try, like Tai Chi or more structured exercise and activities of daily living. Recently, following a great question from one of you fabulous, curious people with fibromyalgia, I thought it high time for a bit of a "how-to" for physical activity. The need for a plan. Enough of this talking around physical activity, how do you actually get it done?

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