Exercise is Important
Exercise is very important even if you are suffering from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a painful muscle disorder that causes chronic fatigue, stiffness, cramping and muscle spasms. But regardless of the pain it is essential to engage in regular exercises so that the road to recovery can be shortened and be less painful.
Some of the exercises that you can take part in include swimming and other water exercises, walking, biking, yoga and other low impact exercises. No matter what exercise you decide to engage in, the following tips will help you to avoid further damage to your muscles.
You already are in pain, and the last thing you want to do is make it worse. Thus you should always start slow with your exercises. The key is to set a timer for a few minutes (about 5 minutes) the first few days.
If you do not experience any pain after the first few days, then you can increase the timer by a few minutes. But if you do experience pain, then you may want to decrease the time limit until the pain goes away. Always listen to your body and stop when you begin to feel tired in order avoid as much pain as possible.
Always Stretch First
Always stretch before engaging in any type of exercise as that will help to warm up the muscles, which makes them less prone to injury. If stretching is too painful, then you may want to begin your stretches in a hot bath tub. The hot water will help to loosen the stiff muscles and make the stretches less painful.
When you exercise, your muscles require more oxygen, and thus it is very important that you practise proper breathing. Oxygen is used by your muscles to create more energy, and thus if you breathe properly you can reduce fatigue after your session.
If you have been breathing incorrectly then you may want to take some time and learn how to breathe correctly. When breathing correctly you use your diaphragm which causes your stomach to expand as you inhale. Practise by lying on your back with your hands on your stomach to help monitor your breathing.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia then exercise will be the last thing on your mind, and therefore, you may be looking for every excuse to get out of it. An exercise partner will help you to stick with the program. Plus that will give you time to socialize, which is also good for fibromyalgia as it helps to alleviate anxiety and depression.