How can I get more energy with fibromyalgia?

It might seem difficult at first, but if you take good care of yourself with healthy eating, regular exercise and relaxation techniques, your energy levels will increase. Energy is sometimes hard to come by with fibromyalgia because of the pain, stress and fatigue associated with the condition. But, if you make healthy living a priority you will be surprised at the increase in your energy levels.

Try to exercise regularly. Start slow. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Add some walking or other low-impact exercises. You could start even with a simple walk around the block. As you become more active, you will find that your energy increases. Regular exercise also will help you sleep better at night. You will wake up rested and filled with energy.

It's important to give your body the fuel it needs. Eat more whole grains, lean protein, fruits and vegetables. And take time to relax. You might enjoy a picnic lunch that allows you to slow down and have a moment to meditate. Relaxation will reduce your stress and give you more energy.

If you need help finding ways to get more energy with fibromyalgia, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. Working together, step by step, you will learn to focus on what you can do to feel better and have more energy.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To get more energy when you have fibromyalgia, you need to do several things: Get a proper diagnosis and work with your fibromyalgia healthcare team to get the best medical care, including pain medications that can also reduce fatigue; try to get to bed and wake up at the same time every day to improve the quality of your sleep; and find a physical therapist who can design an exercise program that works for you. The program should incorporate gentle but regular exercise like short walks, yoga, tai chi, or water exercise, preferably with an instructor who has worked with fibromyalgia patients.

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