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What Types of Exercise Are Best for Fibromyalgia Patients?

Fibro Daily August 16, 2012

Fibromyalgia patients should exercise. Gone are the days of sitting still through pain. Doctors today expect all types of patients to take an active approach to preventing and controlling pain. This is especially important for fibromyalgia sufferers, as they do not know the exact source of their pain, but they do know it’s constant. Therefore, they should continue to stay fit and within a reasonable weight range to keep pain from increasing, as stiffness and weight makes pain worse. When picking workouts, fibromyalgia patients should always choose a low-impact endurance workout with a wide range of motion as well as strength building aspects.

#1. Swimming

Swimming is a wonderful way for fibromyalgia patients to keep in shape and relieve pain. Water cushions fibromyalgia sufferers from the hard impacts of workouts like running, yet provides the same high level of cardiovascular work. It also moves the muscles and joints in a wide range of positions. This is because bodies in water feel much lighter than their normal weight, which widens a fibromyalgia patient’s range of motion. The water itself can provide a refreshing buoyancy that acts as a pain bearer.

#2. Yoga

Another wonderful exercise to do is yoga. The stretching in yoga decreases the level of stiffness and pain that permeates the life of a fibromyalgia sufferer. It also focuses on deep, unobstructed breathing, which can improve other fibromyalgia issues, such as sleep apnea and natural pain management. Yoga is a proven stress buster.

#3. Tai Chi

Tai Chi is another great exercise choice. Fibromyalgia patients that do Tai Chi bend a lot, and increase their range of motion through those repetitive movements. Balance and patience also improves with repeated performances. Many of the movements done in Tai Chi correspond with the movements that present daily difficulties to fibromyalgia sufferers, such as bending while cleaning the house.

Before beginning an exercise program, talk to your doctor. Once cleared, the next step is to develop a routine that allows you to focus on yourself for a few minutes each day.

Exercise can definitely help fibromyalgia patients regain control and confidence.

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