How do you feel about exercise as a fibromyalgia patient? Probably a lot like I do. For those with FM,  the very thought of exercising is painful!  See, I remember reading, “avoid repetitive movements.”

Many people begin an exercise program and continue for a week or two but when pain or soreness sets in they stop, believing that the exercise is escalating their pain levels. That is how people with fibromyalgia feel, and I truly understand. That’s me, 2 years ago.

On May 2, 2013, the Science Daily published this heading.  “Regular, Moderate Exercise Does Not Worsen Pain in People With Fibromyalgia”  According to Dennis Ang M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist, doing light to moderate exercise over a prolonged period of time improves symptoms like fatigue and trouble sleeping, while not increasing the pain level.

Approximately 10 percent of the adult population in the United States has fibromyalgia or fibromyalgia-like conditions. The disorder is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by sleep disturbance, fatigue and memory issues. Experts believe that fibromyalgia is a disorder of pain processing due to abnormalities in how pain signals are processed in the central nervous system.

 Several studies show exercise can be beneficial for fibro patients. Previous studies indicate aerobic exercise done at sufficient intensity improve function, and your symptoms, leaving you with a sense of well-being! If you were sedentary with fibromyalgia, aerobics, pool exercises, and walking done for short periods, like my own doctor told me, will show improvements in your body and mind. I’ve been told by two doctors that walking is the best exercise for me.

A study of Qigong movement therapy showed improvements in symptoms. Qigong literally means “Life Energy Cultivation” It’s a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. The second study involved other movement harmony therapy, but concluded that these exercises need more evaluation.

But, Dear Hearts, investigations are on going for Our benefit. Take heart! I have decided to give exercise a chance and I feel so much better. Our bodies are made for movement.

When our body is in motion, our muscle cells are more active. Our breathing rate increases to increase the supply of air to the lungs, so that more oxygen can be absorbed. Inside the lungs, air is replaced more quickly so that oxygen content is kept high, and fresh oxygen runs thru our blood supply. A body in motion tends to stay in motion!