Fibromyalgia Exercise

Exercising can be challenging when you are suffering from all-over body pain and crippling fatigue, but research has shown that exercise can be of tremendous benefit to individuals suffering from fibromyalgia.

The benefits of exercise for fibromyalgia patients are well documented and may include the following:

  • Improvement in sleep patterns
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Increased strength and energy
  • Increased endurance

You should begin exercising with small and realistic goals in mind. Setting lofty goals may be admirable, but failure to reach your goals may make you feel as if you have failed. Decide on an exercise program that you know you will enjoy- this will help you to stick to your plan. Enlist the advice of your physician and make sure you are cleared to exercise.

The following are some suggestions for suitable forms of exercise for those who suffer from fibromyalgia:

Swimming
Swimming places little stress on the joints. It can be relaxing and refreshing. Indoor pools can be found so that you can continue to swim during the winter months. Many people find water aerobics enjoyable due to the fact that this form of aerobic exercise has the same benefits as regular aerobics in terms of cardiovascular benefits without causing joint wear and tear.
Yoga
Yoga can be beneficial in terms of relaxation, gentle stretching of muscles and increasing core strength. Yoga can be performed alone or in a group. It can be a relaxing activity for both the body and the mind, improving sleep and depression.
Tai Chi
Tai-chi combines intricate movements and postures to provide gentle stretching of muscles and low-impact exercise suitable for any fitness level and age. It can be beneficial in promoting sleep and reducing depression and anxiety. Mental benefits can be as great as physical benefits.
Walking
Walking requires no purchase of expensive equipment, can be done virtually anywhere and is safe for all levels of fitness. The health benefits of walking are well documented. Walking can relieve stress, condition muscles and improve cardiovascular health. Begin slowly and work your way up to walking several times a week for a half hour. Getting outside in the sunshine can boost vitamin D levels and decrease depression.

There are numerous types of exercise that may be beneficial to those suffering from fibromyalgia. It is important to begin an exercise program slowly, building up strength and endurance. Choosing a form of exercise that is enjoyable is crucial to continuation of an exercise program. The benefits of exercise in fibromyalgia cannot be underestimated and should be part of a comprehensive treatment program targeting the symptoms experienced.

 

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