Exercise is beneficial for everyone, right? Those of us with fibromyalgia need to do it like anyone that is healthy. It keeps us strong, flexible and agile. It can also help control the amount of pain we feel. Exercise helps to boost serotonin (the feel good hormone) level in our bodies and when our serotonin level is up we feel less stress and anxiety. Serotonin has a calming effect on the body.
Fibromyalgia patients do need to be a little careful on what kind of exercise they participate in. It has been discovered that low-impact aerobic exercises work the best for us. And they even work better if done in short bursts throughout the day.
Taking a ten minute walk two or three times a day actually gives you more pain relieving benefits than a steady thirty minute walk. If you ride bike outside or a stationary bike divide your mileage into short distances that can be done two or three times throughout the day. Combining swimming with your walks or your bike rides will give you some variety and move your muscles in a different way. In fact, swimming and water aerobics are considered two of the top exercises for fibromyalgia patients. They are low-impact plus you get the resistance training by pushing against the water.
Epinephrine and norepinephrine, hormones are also released through exercise. There hormones are known to boost alertness. If you feel stressed out exercise can help your body be less sensitive to it.
There are many other benefits for fibromyalgia patients. Some of them are: Better sleep, better mood, more energy, increased range of motion and less stiffness in the sore muscles we often have.
Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Dress appropriately by getting good walking shoes and comfortable clothing. Change your exercise program occasionally so you use your muscles differently. Very importantly, have fun at what you choose but be careful not to overdo.
Exercise and Fibromyalgia