Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and stiffness, as well as other symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog, and depression. Even though fibromyalgia isn’t caused by a physical injury or cause of inflammation, it is difficult to live with and affects the quality of life of sufferers. Seemingly simple things like walking around the block can be difficult. It makes it hard for patients to maintain balance and keep up with activities that require movement.
Although regular exercise is proven to be a crucial part of managing fibromyalgia, it is often difficult for patients to get into it without feeling fatigued or even worse off when they are over. This makes exercising with Fibromyalgia quite tricky.
If you have fibromyalgia, you most likely understand the weight of this. You must have read about or been advised to exercise but making an actionable plan for it is difficult because of the confusion about what exercise types are best for you, how frequently you should exercise, and how intense you can get with exercising without feeling extreme fatigue. You may also be wondering if there are any side effects of exercise in fibromyalgia patients. This blog post highlights essential details about exercising with fibromyalgia and tips to keep you healthy and in the best state of well-being.
Things to Note
While research supports the effectiveness of aerobic and strength routines in aiding bodily function and fitness, it may be hard to kick start routines. So we instead advise that you explore alternative exercises such as yoga (gentle yoga), vibration techniques, and walking
You should consult a physician before starting an exercise program or any rigorous physical activity if you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. No matter how easy and promising it may be, it is essential to talk with your doctor first before doing anything that could increase your risk of injury or aggravate your condition further.
Your physician will discuss pre-exercise tests, necessary medications, and other helpful ideas.
Tips for exercising with Fibromyalgia
If you have fibromyalgia, the key to exercising is to start in gradual steps. Also, remember that as much as exercise can be a game changer for fibromyalgia, some exercise routines can be very stressful for you and may make things worse for you. Ensure that you are not doing anything too intense for so long that may worsen your pain and fatigue.
The following tips are also helpful
- Take a few rest periods in between sets of exercises to recover. The routines can also be broken up into 5- to 10-minute segments. You can also try basic moves that are not overly exerting so you can start and complete them throughout the day.
- Please do not push your body beyond what it can handle. If you feel tired, rest. If you cannot continue, take it easy on yourself and try again.
- Stretch frequently to improve posture and mobility. This will help you feel better and allow you to experience less pain while exercising.
- Do not do the most. Find exercise routines that are easy and beginner-friendly. Ensure that your motions are low-impact so you do not get too sore. Try your best to be fluid, and if any routines hurt, do not get too intense.
- When in recovery, you should refrain from exercising vigorously. There is a specific heart rate you should not go above so you that you do not trigger fatigue
- Avoid weights at first; they will most likely trigger tender points in your body and cause pain.
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