When you have fibromyalgia with painful tender points, deep muscle pain, and fatigue, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. However, exercise may be just what the doctor ordered. Whether it's daily walks, stretching, swimming, yoga, tai chi, or Pilates, low-impact exercise programs can keep you moving in spite of your fibromyalgia and has shown to reduce your pain, as well.
Exercise is essential for fibromyalgia as it helps keep muscles strong and flexible, controls weight, and helps you stay active in other areas of life. Exercise and activity actually allows patients to have more control over fibromyalgia and the amount of pain they feel.
People with fibromyalgia were previously encouraged to seek rest not exercise. But all recent evidence has shown that, for most patients, range of motion, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning exercises are safe and necessary.