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Exercise is often an important and effective part of treating fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the pain caused by the disorder can make exercising difficult at times. If this is the case for you, try starting with some type of moderate physical activity, like walking. Over time you will gain strength, and eventually, you'll be able to perform more strenuous forms of exercise. Start small and build a good foundation. Don't let frustration add unnecessary stress to your life or your symptoms might actually get worse. Talk to your doctor about finding a form of exercise that works for you. You may even find it beneficial to work with a physical therapist.
Try easing off to a pace that feels comfortable for you. Exercise is one of the best forms of medicine for fibromyalgia. Getting up and moving builds strength and increases blood flow to your muscles, nourishing them with oxygen and nutrients.
If you ache and throb after a workout, you may be pushing yourself too hard, which can cause fibromyalgia to flare up. Here's the good news: Research shows that even mild exercise can reduce pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. In one study, women who pedaled stationary bikes at a pace they found comfortable experienced just as much pain relief as women encouraged to pedal harder. If you need help finding your comfort zone when you exercise, talk to your doctor or a fitness trainer.
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