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How to exercise with fibromyalgia
September 30, 2016

Put some Pep in your step

We've all experienced pain in one form or another. Maybe we suffered a fall and scraped up a hand. Or maybe we exercised too hard at a class and suffered through a few days of sore muscles. Temporary pain is one thing; chronic pain is quite another. Chronic pain can be debilitating in a number of different ways. For starters, it lasts, often a long time but at least longer than 12 weeks. That means it can impact our will to move, to eat well, to work, to maintain relationships.

But there is hope for people who are suffering from chronic pain, and it's an unlikely pursuit: exercise. Moderate exercise can offer improved function and help to combat things like fatigue and pain. And as people become more active, they also tend to experience less pain—sleeping longer and producing more endorphins to name just two benefits. Even so, chronic pain sufferers need to follow different guidelines than other people when they begin to exercise. That includes talking about the movement with a health professional and building up minutes spent exercising in a slow, thoughtful way. This graphic can help guide through some of the basics of learning to use exercise to combat chronic pain.

Megan Wilson,

Click here for a useful exercise tool

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