10 Tips for Managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Hannah de Gruchy / Lifestyle / October 17th, 2022

2. Take Regular, Moderate Exercise

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When you’re experiencing physical pain and exhaustion, the last thing you probably want to do is exercise. But studies consistently show that regular exercise benefits people with fibromyalgia. But it’s important not to overdo things and instead, find the right balance.

Gentle aerobic exercise has shown to improve the quality of life of people living with fibromyalgia. One study of more than 400 women with the condition found that “light physical exercise” was associated with less physical pain and fatigue and an improvement in overall symptoms.

Light exercise includes walking and gentle swimming. You can begin slowly, over a short length of time or distance, and build up your resilience over time. Exercise classes in a pool are thought to be more beneficial as the water supports the body, making each movement potentially work the muscles harder.

Intense cardio workouts such as running or a HIIT class can be too over exerting for someone with fibromyalgia, but resistance exercise can be helpful. Resistance exercise, or strength training can include body weight resistance exercise such as squats and lunges, as well as the addition of light, manageable hand weights.

Studies show such exercise can lead to a “reduction in pain, fatigue, number of tender points, depression and anxiety, with increased functional capacity and quality of life”.

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