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Can exercise help fibromyalgia symptoms?

As tempting as it may be to simply hit the couch whenever fibromyalgia pain and fatigue have you in their grip, it's important that you don't become completely sedentary. In fact, studies show that a regular exercise regimen helps improve fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, but becoming completely sedentary may just make them worse.

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Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
There is no single form of exercise that's right for everyone who has fibromyalgia. What matters is that you develop an exercise plan that you enjoy and that you'll stick with for the long haul. Regular physical activity can help to manage your fibromyalgia symptoms. Some forms of exercise that may work for you include walking, jogging, bicycling, and swimming. Whatever you choose, start slowly and gradually build up your duration and intensity.

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