If you have fibromyalgia, you know what it's like to live with the chronic pain and stiffness it can cause. And while diet, medication and therapy are key to controlling symptoms, incorporating physical activity can vastly improve your quality of life. Ultimately fibromyalgia is inflammation in the body.
"Try to keep moving - The less you move, the more pain and fatigue you'll feel." Exercise can also help you sleep better and reduce your need for pain meds, as well as improve your mood.
Pace, Pace, Pace
Take your time and start off slowly, gently building the exercise up. Your instructor will guide you.
Initially, you may feel more pain and discomfort but persistence will reap rewards. Steady and gently does it – baby steps will get you where you want to go.
Low impact exercise such as Barre, Yoga, Pilates and gentle stretching cannot only help with the physical aspects but are also beneficial in helping with relaxation.
You'll feel muscles tighten after taking a few classes, but I'm sure you will become addicted to the burn/shake of the muscles. The best part you should feel good after each workout. Sore, yes, but fibromyalgia-pain free.
I also use a rebounder for rehabilitation and this has proven benefits for Fibromyalgia. Rebounding to better health for Fibromyalgia, Arthritis and Chronic pain.
Reap the rewards a day at a time
In my experience, exercise each day has had huge benefits on symptoms. Initially it will be hard, but after a short time, you will be rewarded with increased energy which will enable you to push a little further each time.
There will be days when your body just doesn’t feel up to moving – and that is OK. It is all about listening to our body and reacting accordingly. And when you need a rest, take it.
Just strive for more exercise than non exercise days and I'm sure you will be seeing the benefits in no time at all.
Exercise, will allow you to have the energy and stamina to do more of what you love and that can only be good thing – enjoy!
.......................and don't forget to treat yourself with an Epsom Salt bath post workout.
...read more about those benefits on the blog :)