Exercise Indoors

Exercise Indoors

Do you keep walks short out of fear of being stranded far from home because you're too tired to make it back? Ever skipped exercise because it's too hot, wet, or cold outside? Then make it a goal to workout inside.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: feeling hot, feeling cold,  aching, back pain, joint pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, muscle pain, nerve pain, pain, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, hip pain, lower back pain, neck pain, painful periods, pelvic pain, tender points, pinched nerve

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Categories: Exercise

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Smells and Sounds

All of the sounds and smells that hit you when you go outdoors can be overwhelming. But that doesn't mean you have to skip exercising. That means it may be time to take exercise to a quiet room in your home. You can do stretches, lift weights or use resistance bands, and even work in some aerobic exercise by climbing stairs, walking laps around rooms, or putting in your favorite workout video.

Prompt: Sensitive?

CTA: Exercise indoors to avoid triggers.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, migraine

Symptoms: sensitivity to smells, sound sensitivity

Triggers: Exercising

Treatments: aerobic exercise, exercise, stationary biking, strength training, lifting weights, resistance training, stretching, walking, tai chi, yoga

Categories: Exercise

Weather Woes

If your symptoms flare up when the temperature dips or the skies open up, check the weather before you head outdoors to exercise. On cold or rainy days, use a stationary bicycle or treadmill, lift light weights, do yoga or tai chi, or just walk in place in front of your TV to get in your daily fitness routine. For added motivation, invite a friend to join you.

Prompt: Bad weather?

CTA: Exercise indoors to avoid cold, rain.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, migraine, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: feeling hot, feeling cold, stiffness, aching, back pain, deep pain, head pain, headache, joint pain, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, nerve pain, pain, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., all over pain, hip pain, knee pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, spine pain, painful periods, pelvic pain, tender points, pinched nerve, arm pain, buttock pain, face pain

Triggers: cold weather, temperature changes, weather changes, wet weather, barometric pressure changes, damp weather, pressure changes, rain

Treatments: aerobic exercise, exercise, stationary biking, strength training, lifting weights, resistance training, stretching, walking, tai chi, yoga,

Categories: Exercise

Active Feet

When foot pain keeps you from the unsteady footing of outdoor activities or makes you want to stay close to home, bring your workout indoors. Staying active may help relieve pain. Reduce pressure on feet with a stationary bike or elliptical trainer. Or head to the pool for a swim or water aerobics. You can also browse Tips for easy stretches to do at home. 

Prompt: Foot pain?

CTA: Stay close to home -- exercise indoors.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve pain

Symptoms: stiffness, aching, foot pain

Triggers: cold weather, temperature changes, weather changes, wet weather, barometric pressure changes, damp weather, pressure changes, rain

Treatments: aerobic exercise, exercise, stationary biking, stretching, swimming, stationary biking

Categories: Exercise

Home Workouts

When fatigue lures you into staying home, don't abandon exercise. Activity can actually help reduce fatigue. Create a backup plan with activities you can do at home. Do short stints -- and spread a few through the day if you can. Here are some ideas:

* Try a tai chi or yoga DVD.

* Walk around your house or up and down the stairs.

* Do simple stretches.

* Use your exercise bike or treadmill on the lowest setting.

And don't exercise to the point of fatigue. Fatigue increases the risk of flare-ups. Focus instead on doing low-level, short duration activities if fatigue is an issue.

Prompt: Too tired?

CTA: Stay-at-home exercises.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain

Symptoms: stiffness, aching, exhaustion, fatigue

Triggers: fatigue, overtiredness

Treatments: aerobic exercise, exercise, stationary biking, strength training, lifting weights, resistance training, stretching, walking, tai chi, yoga, stationary biking

Categories: Exercise

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 22, 2019

Sources

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Arthritis Foundation.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise."

National Institutes of Health.

National Headache Foundation: "Environmental and Physical Factors."

American College of Rheumatology.

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