5 Exercises for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
The best treatment for Fibromyalgia is exercise. Exercise is hard to do when you are in constant pain, but eventually, exercise will help you control the pain. It’s important to start out slow and then increase your workouts a little at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself right away. The five best exercises for Fibromyalgia are walking, Yoga, swimming, Pilates and biking.
Walking is a great beginner exercise for someone who has Fibromyalgia. Start walking just ten minutes a day for at least five days a week. Every week increase your time by five minutes. You’re going to be extremely sore, but don’t stop. The more you walk, the better you will feel. Another great benefit of walking is that it gives you a feeling of accomplishment. This may seem silly to most people, but those of us who have Fibromyalgia understand the importance of the little victories.
Yoga is very beneficial for those who have Fibromyalgia. The deep breathing allows us to relax, and the poses stretch out our tight, aching muscles. It’s very important to start out slow with Yoga, because the breathing can cause you to pass out if you’re not careful. Start at a beginner’s level and work your way up, as you feel comfortable doing so. Don’t worry about doing everything perfect, just do it.
Swimming is great because it is very low impact. It doesn’t put any stress on our bodies and the water can be very relaxing. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer. Actually, you don’t even have to know how to swim. Strap on a floaty and move around the pool. When you’re working out in a nice swimming pool it just doesn’t seem like exercise. So enjoy yourself, but don’t overdo it.
Pilates has basically the same benefits as Yoga, but it will also strengthen your muscles. Dancers use Pilates so that they can strengthen their muscles without getting bulky muscles. Some of the Pilate exercises may be a little difficult to do when you have Fibromyalgia, but find the ones you can do and get into a routine.
Biking is great if you are able to do it. I tried this one, but my body just wasn’t ready for it. If you can do it though it’s a fun way to get your exercise in for the day. As with all the exercises, start out slow and build yourself up. Even if you only ride for five minutes a day, it’s better than sitting on the sofa.
Doing just one of these on a daily basis will make a world of difference. So pick one, two or even three of these and get your Fibromyalgia under control. Always remember that you have Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia doesn’t have you