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  Oct 16, 2018

Aerobics for Fibromyalgia

Exercise is one of the most important measures to deal with widespread pain conditions like fibromyalgia. With extreme fatigue, it may be difficult for most persons to exercise.

However, an exercise programme specifically suited to the patient’s needs and requirements may help. Exercises include strengthening exercises and aerobic exercises.

Aerobic exercises

Aerobic activities are moderate-intensity exercises that use the large muscles and increase the cardiovascular functioning and breathing.

Examples include swimming, cycling and walking.

Strengthening exercises

Strengthening exercises focus on specific muscle groups and include lifting weights etc.

Moderate-intensity and high-intensity aerobic exercise

There have been several studies analyzing moderate-intensity to high-intensity aerobic exercise by means of cycling, dance, or whole-body exercise for patients with fibromyalgia.

Results have consistently shown improvements in aerobic capacity, improvement in tender point pain threshold, reduction in pain rating in the exercise programs and global well-being among patients who exercised three times a week over a period of 20 weeks.