Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition
that causes pain in the muscles, joints, ligaments and
tendons. Affected areas usually include the front of
the knees and elbows, the hip joints and the neck. There
is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are many steps
sufferers can take to make themselves feel better.
Exercise can play a major role in
alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, along with
reducing stress and improving good sleeping habits.
It is important to proceed gradually, as too much exercise
initially may worsen pain. Low-impact aerobic exercises
such as swimming, stationary bicycling, or using machines
that replicate a skiing motion are recommended. Stretching
should be done before all exercising. Keep your activity
level consistent don¹t try to compensate
for several days of inactivity by cramming too much
exercising into one day. When you are comfortable exercising
three or four times a week for 30 to 60 minutes per
session, higher-impact exercises like walking, jogging,
or tennis can be incorporated. Again, begin slowly and
work up to a goal of a 60-minute session.