Fibromyalgia and Exercise

There is no question about it, in order to feel better you must have regular exercise.

Multiple studies on patients with fibromyalgia confirm that exercise is beneficial.  Research supports aerobic and strength training reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia, improves fitness, and quality of life.

Many patients find mind body forms of exercise like Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gon particularly helpful. Calming the mind help decreases stress hormones that can aggravate symptoms.

Here are some of the ways that physical activities like these help your health and well-being improve:

  • Regular exercise helps prevent heart disease, lowers blood pressure, and helps control weight.
  • It increases energy and happiness while reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Exercising outside is a good way to decrease stress. Connecting with nature can help reduce stress hormones.

If exercise is so good for you then why do so many people hesitate? When you have been suffering with pain from fibromyalgia, you may be convinced that being more active is too hard to do.  It’s hard to embrace the idea of exercise when dealing with health issues.  We’re already in pain and we don’t want to make it worse by forcing ourselves to do something hard and unwelcome.

Working with the right medical professional can help you find ways to add exercise that are truly fun for you.  Here are some things we suggest to our patients at the Optimal Wellness Center to make exercising more enjoyable and something you feel good about doing:

  • Find a friend to exercise with. Take a class together, go on walks or ride bikes.
  • Choose an exercise you really enjoy.
  • Make it convenient exercise close to home or work.
  • Put it in your schedule; look forward to doing something good for yourself.
  • Enjoy it.
  • Try exercising 30 minutes daily.
  • Remember you do not want to over do it.
  • Consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.

When you exercise, you start feeling something else besides stronger and healthier.  Our patients tell us they feel less stress.  They enjoy doing other physical activities that they had not been able to enjoy before.  Pain has less of an impact on your life.  There are many ways to add activities that make you stronger and healthier – ones you may not have considered — and live better in spite of fibromyalgia.