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What are benefits of exercise for people with fibromyalgia?

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Regular exercise benefits people with fibromyalgia by:

  • Burning calories and making weight control easier
  • Giving range-of-motion to painful muscles and joints
  • Improving a person's outlook on life
  • Improving sleep
  • Improving one's sense of well-being
  • Improving heart health
  • Boosting energy
  • Easing anxiety and depression
  • Relieving stress
  • Releasing endorphins
  • Strengthening bones and muscles
  • Relieving pain

From: Fibromyalgia and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

National Institutes of Health.

UpToDate.

Carson, J. , November 2010. Pain

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

National Institutes of Health.

UpToDate.

Carson, J. , November 2010. Pain

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

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