Mixing aerobic with anaerobic exercise because of fibromyalgia?

I have fibromyalgia (FMS) or something like it. The main restriction I have is intolerance of aerobic activity. I can do strength training for 25 minutes with little risk, but taking a brisk walk for more than 15 minutes is extremely risky. I recently eliminated all unnecessary sugar from my diet and am generally eating much better, and it's had great effects. I just purchased an aerobics video, and did aerobics for 15 minutes today. I feel so great that I want to be able to maintain the ability to do this at least twice a week.

My real question is:

If I do the aerobics for 3 minutes, then stop and do strength training for a minute (for a "break" from the more risky aerobics), and then hop up & start the aerobics again for another 3 minutes and so on, will I really be helping to maintain my elevated heart rate by doing the strength training?

Written By Nurse007

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  • cirestan February 16, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Yes, in fact my trainer has me do the exact same thing. She mixes weight sets with running or other aerobic exercise, and makes me do the weight sets with little rest between to keep my heart rate up the entire time.

    And I'm currently training for a marathon.

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