How to use the DVD
The fibromyalgia graded exercise programme is designed to slowly and safely build your own individual tolerance to exercise, whilst reducing the risk of physical activity induced flare ups. The programme consists of three thirty minutes fibro friendly workouts: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The DVD is designed and laid out for safety reasons so that every individual, regardless of how physically active you are to begin with, starts at Beginner Level 1 and works up to the intermediate and advanced workouts.
The workouts are graded into levels of different duration’s and intensity’s that start at just 5 minutes of exercise. This enables you to build up slowly; progressing through the levels allowing you to exercise for a full 30 minutes. This also prompts you to remember previous exercises thus improving memory function.
The programme is completely graded to ensure it is safe to use for the vast majority of Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME sufferers. Starting at Beginner level 1, you will be warming up and doing ‘Level 1’ which is 5 minutes of exercise. When you can complete Level 1 twice per week easily, you can advance onto Level 2. Level 2 is yet another 5 mins of exercise, meaning you will now be warming up, completing Level 1, followed by a short rest and then into another 5 mins of exercise that is level 2. As long as you follow the format of the DVD, you will gradually build your strength and endurance to exercise and it will be very unlikely you will have any exercise induced flare ups.
Once you can complete the last level of the Beginner option and exercise for a full 30 minutes, you can select the Intermediate option where the levels are still graded, but are of slightly more intense exercise and duration. The same applies for the Advanced option.
If you already exercise regularly you may find that the Beginner option is too graded for you, feel free to start at the intermediate option. The intermediate option is graded into three levels which are 10 minutes in duration; you may need to grade them further by resting if you need to. Please ensure you start at Intermediate Level 1 only. Most of all though, enjoy and I wish you the best of luck.