Nearly a year ago, I was informed about an exercise program developed by a fellow Fibro Warrior. Naturally, I was skeptical, as exercise has never given me that feeling that many people get after exercising. You know the one, where you almost have a natural high? Nope, never happened to me, even in high school when I was on sports teams. PLUS, hello, I HAVE FIBRO. EXERCISE HURTS. Right???
So, someone told me about Megan Densmore’s program Zero to Hero. I, of course, was skeptical considering my past with exercise, even when I wasn’t living with chronic pain. However, Megan was offering a deal for a certain period of time that made the thought to try worth the cost. It cost less than a gym membership and it was a one shot deal. Once you pay, you have the exercises and admittance to a private Facebook page, as well as open contact with Megan essentially forever.
Megan’s program “helps you gain the knowledge of how your joints and muscles work and respond to movement in general so that you complete the program better able to apply your knowledge throughout your life. This might mean easing back into whatever you loved to do for exercise prior to your diagnosis but this time with a better idea of how to warm-up and of the signals your body gives you in advance of over doing it.”
Here’s a little bit of my experience, and I’ve always been this way with exercise. I started off pretty excited and gung-ho about a program designed specifically for people with chronic pain that was designed by someone who lives with fibromyalgia. I did well for a couple of months, starting noticing changes in my body (not necessarily much weight loss) but significant muscle gain. My clothes fit differently and I needed smaller ones. And then I slowly dropped days of exercise due to excuses of my own until I stopped completely. I’ve gone off and on the program since then and am working hard to get myself back on the program fulltime.
For those of you worried about joint issues, or back pain, or the like, Megan is happy to show you accommodations to make to the exercises she worked so hard to put together. Despite my own journey of falling on and off the wagon, I would highly recommend joining. The exercises are not difficult (they are primarily Pilates based) and start off slow. Megan is happy to respond to you via email or on the private Facebook page and responds quickly. She is eager to support you and show you that there ARE ways to exercise without exacerbating your chronic pain condition. So, get yourself going and turn yourself from “Zero” to “Hero.” If you have anymore questions, please feel free to contact me and ask. I’m sure Megan would be available for questions as well. Finally, a program designed for people like us, let’s follow it and get on the path to feeling better.
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.