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Fibromyalgia, Lupus & C25K

Hello everyone,

I've just come across the C25K on the NHS website and thought it looks like the perfect beginners running guide. I just wondered if anyone here has Fibromyalgia/Lupus and if the C25K hinders or enhances your quality of life.

I've 'suffered' with both for 20 years (I'm 25 now) and am so desperate to get off my backside, no more excuses and get a decent level of fitness but naturally, I have to be a bit careful.

If anyone has any tips, I'd be forever grateful.

Thank you,

Natalie :) x

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Search some of the post this came up recently , sorry I'm of no other help


Consulting your GP might be a good idea, as it is in the case of any chronic condition.

The programme allows you to progress at your own pace and has been a life changer for many who thought that they could never run, simply because you are in control. The progression from week to week is generally achievable, but if you don't complete a run, you simply repeat it and your stamina will develop gradually and improvement is noticeable remarkably quickly.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Welcome. I don't have lupus or fibromyalgia, but I do have IBS, and flare-ups that among other symptoms include inflammation and full body joint pain (waiting on my rheumatology appointment to see what this could be). I find running has helped my chronic conditions, even when I'm having medium-pain in all my joints I find a gentle run-walk session seems to help. It's also great stress release, which is great for my IBS as well. Of course, major flare-ups means no running for a bit. I'd talk to your doctor and get their opinion.


This is exactly what I wanted to hear (that other people get out there and do it, no matter what the condition), so thank you. No more excuses, time to get up and do this!


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