As a sufferer of Fibromyalgia for over 14 years it has been a continuous fight to stay healthy through eating the right foods and regularly exercising. Fibromyalgia brings about intense muscle pain, deep aches, stabbing pain, and fatigue. The thought of exercise seems like a far fetched idea with all of the issues the person is suffering through but exercise helps in various ways. Exercise through movement will keep one’s body fit, improve their mood, and finally relieve pain. Keep in mind that high-impact cardio exercises isn’t the best approach to start with but low-impact aerobics such as swimming, stretching, water fitness aerobics, Pilates, yoga, walking or tai-chi. These exercises help with losing weight, reducing overall stress, and releasing endorphins.
Some of the best exercises that have worked for me are warm water aerobics, walking indoors, yoga, tai-chi, stretching, and Richard Simmons’ exercise DVDs. I have found that the exercises have helped me to lose weight and bring on a sense of pure relaxation. I enjoy the feelings of relaxation and while I experience a brief reduction of pain that unfortunately comes back, I feel it is well worth the effort.
Several things to consider:
· Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program
· Don’t do any intense workout activities as it can increase soreness
· Stretch before and after each time you exercise
· Choose exercise activities you can handle and understand your limitations
· Start out your exercise in slow increments and then build up the pace slowly
All of these exercises are the perfect options to start out with and get your body in shape. These exercises assist with relieving stress, improves mood and depression, improving sleep, reducing pain, and bringing forth much needed relaxation.