At our August group meeting we welcomed along Tracey Middlemiss, who is actually a support group member and has been coming to the support group for a long time now. Tracey lives with Fibromyalgia (amongst other conditions) but is also a qualified fitness instructor and teaches Zumba. It was great to hear from Tracey and she is very passionate about finding ways to make fitness available to everyone, no matter their ability. Tracey spoke to us about how she uses exercise as part of her pain management, but was very straight forward with the point that exercise is not a cure for Fibromyalgia (as there isn’t one!). The important thing to take away is that movement is needed to help keep us from seizing up which in turn creates tension and therefore elevated pain levels, so find something that works for you, and that you enjoy doing. A walk every day (no matter how many times you need to stop and start again), yoga, zumba, find something that is low intensity that you can build up. Tracey teaches Zumba Gold which is more accessible and introduces easy-to-follow choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination (and is also a lot of fun, even if your coordination is as poor as mine!) Tracey gave us a quick demo of Zumba (which can also be done from a chair) which went down well with the group, and a number of members said they would be interested in going along to the classes to help up their levels of fitness and use it as a pain management tool.
Tracey teaches a number of different classes and can be found Tuesday’s 18:30 – 19:30 and Friday’s 18:00 – 19:00 at Move It Studios, 39 Station Rd, Wallsend, NE28 6SZ and her website is Tracey Middlemiss Website you can also search on the official Zumba website for classes in your area ZUMBA.
Please note Tracey will be having an operation on the 7th of September and will have to be out of action for 8 weeks, during this period Jude Fenton will be covering her classes, Jude also has Fibromyalgia.
It was such a lovely, relaxed support meeting, and we were so pleased to welcome along our new members!
We all wish you good luck for your operation, Tracey, and hope your recovery is as speedy as possible for you!