Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. My blog and the Fibromyalgia Fridays segment is simply a documentation of my life. My views expressed here are my personal opinion and should not be taken as medical advice. The topics I discuss in this blog are methods that have been helpful for my own struggle with fibromyalgia. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your daily routine.
Welcome back to Fibromyalgia Fridays! I cannot believe this is my fourth segment– Where did the past month go?! Anyways, last week I wrote about healthy eating and fibromyalgia, so I want to touch on exercise and fibromyalgia today.
Exercise & Fibromyalgia:
I know what you are thinking– With fibromyalgia pain, exercise is the last thing on your mind. Although ice packs and lounging on the couch sound more appealing, exercise at a low-moderate intensity can actually help to control your fibromyalgia pain.
Exercise can help you sleep better and may reduce your need for pain medications, as well as improve your mood.
Although doctors once believed that exercise would worsen fibromyalgia pain, experts now agree that exercise for fibromyalgia is essential, especially to maintain muscles strength and flexibility while controlling weight. After all, having a healthy physical and mental well-being is, in my opinion, the key to overcoming the fibromyalgia diagnosis.
What are the benefits or exercise for fibromyalgia patients?
- Improve range of motion to painful muscles and joints
- Weight control
- Strengthening muscles
- Increasing energy
- Improving sleep, decreasing fatigue
- Relieving stress, anxiety, and depression
We all are aware of the many benefits of exercise for both chronic pain suffers and non-suffers. However, in a society/culture devoted to achieving an ideal– and even unrealistic– body image. We simply look at exercise as a way to burn calories to lose pounds.
For me, a healthier way to exercise is to look at your workout as a way to strengthen your body. With this attitude, you are more likely to not get burnt out on the gym and pay more attention to your body– i.e., when your body needs rest.
The most important thing to remember is to pace yourself. You do not want to push yourself to the point of injury, but you do want to increase your strength. Also, please consult a physician before you begin any exercise program.