Why should I exercise?
We all know how important it is to exercise no matter whether you want to get in shape or stay in shape. It’s essential that everyone stays active, but if you’re someone with fibromyalgia, exercise is even more important, but can also be even more difficult.
Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain or tenderness throughout the muscles and deep tissue. These tender points are most often the neck, back, elbows, or knees. You may have shooting pains coming from these areas which can affect your ability to sleep, move and exercise.
While exercise can relieve pain, it can also be hard because of pain.
Here are some simple exercises that can help manage pain and keep your body healthy.
TOP EXERCISES FOR FIBROMYALGIA
Yoga: Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University put together an eight-week yoga course that focused on breathing, meditation, and poses – all 53 women who took part in the program found relief from their Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Walking: The good news is a something as simple as a 10-minute-walk can help you manage your symptoms. Start with your feet and work your way up, moving your joints in slow small circular motions both clockwise and counter clockwise with all your joints. Needless to say, if it hurts, stop.
Light chores: If a 10-minute walk seems to be too much for you right now, don’t worry. The good news is that your daily chores count, too! Spending as little as 30 minutes a day tidying up your home can still help. (You can track this kind of thing on your Smart Watch or Fitbit.)
Swimming: You’re probably already very aware, but warm water can help loosen up joints and ease pain. Go for a swim in some warm water—it’s a very effective way to exercise that’s easy on the body.
Stretching: If you’re someone who is currently in a physical therapy program simple, light stretching can also make a big difference.
There are many ways for you to manage your symptoms and for you to take a more active role in your treatment plans. Keep searching to find what’s right for you.