Fibromyalgia can cause widespread pain throughout the body, resulting in muscle soreness and fatigue. Even the most mundane of activities can create posture imbalances, muscle tightness, and pain. Some of the simplest undertakings such as unloading the dishwasher or vacuuming floors can cause major muscle discomfort and bring on Fibromyalgia symptoms. However, adding some simple exercises such as light free weights and aerobics can greatly improve how the body reacts to Fibromyalgia triggers.
Weight training can greatly increase muscle strength for Fibromyalgia patients. These can include simple reps with free weights, light resistance training, and modified machine work. Using light free weights, doing shoulder rolls and bicep curls increases both strength and muscle stamina. This allows the body to better perform chores that require upper body, back, and arm strength. For lower body endurance, adding ankle weights to basic walking or light jogging can help build strength and durability.
Aerobics is another way to decrease Fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact, water aerobics is often utilized to help increase strength, improve range of motion, and provide appropriate resistance for Fibromyalgia patients. Cycling, stair stepping, and elliptical work outs are another great option for Fibromyalgia patients to increase strength and mobility.
Adding a fitness routine to a Fibromyalgia care plan also has the added benefit of helping to offset the fatigue that is often associated with the condition. Many Fibromyalgia patients are jointly diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. One popular approach to treating CFS is adding a fitness routine that includes weight training and aerobics for mild cardio elevation. The added benefit of energy from a fitness routine helps to combat fatigue and reduces Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Overall Fibromyalgia can have devastating effects on a person’s daily routine and quality of life. Adding a fitness routine can help to reduce and eliminate the symptoms that are associated with the illness. Light weight training and simple aerobics can increase strength and muscle stamina, relieve tension and stress in the body, and increase energy and flow throughout the body.