Staying Fit With Fibromyalgia

Yoga for Fibromyalgia

Exercising with fibromyalgia can be a workout in itself. Finding the right time of day where you have enough energy, and where the increased amount of pain won’t interfere with the rest of your day, can seem impossible. While pain might be a side effect of working out, it can be hard to push through the pain that is constantly there. How are you supposed to stay active and healthy with this condition?

First, Why Does This Pain Happen?

According to the Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain and fatigue. The cause of this, however, is still unknown even with it affecting about 10 million people in the United States. While it can be easy to identify pain when you hit your arm on something or you lifted weights the other day, fibromyalgia pain seems to appear with no explanation and never really disappears. Doctors across the world are continuing to research potential causes for the disorder. Some believe it is a neurological disorder that changes the brain chemistry.

For those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it can be frustrating to hear that there is not a defined cause or cure. In the meantime, doctors suggest taking over-the-counter pain reliever and staying active with low-impact exercises to help keep the muscles and joints loose.

Go For a Walk Around the Block: Walking is a great low-impact exercise that can be done anywhere! Walking around the neighborhood, mall, grocery store, or even parking a little further away in the parking lot are good places to start.

Stretch Those Muscles With Yoga: Yoga is beneficial to the body in so many ways. Relieving stress, quieting the mind, and improving flexibility are just some of the benefits. DOYOUYOGA has 8 yoga poses that are targeted to those with fibromyalgia. Grab a mat, clear up some space, and follow the poses for a relaxing workout.

Go for a Dip in the Pool: Who doesn’t love to go in the pool on a hot, summer day? Swimming is an easy way to burn calories and move your body around without the impact of weights or the ground. Kicking your legs up and down, moving your arms in circles, or swimming a lap or two in the water are just a few ways to get you moving.

Check Off That List of Chores: With fibromyalgia and chronic pain, completing chores can be a hard thing to do. If there are days where exercising seems out of the question, look at what can be done around the house. Choosing one thing, like washing the dishes, gardening or vacuuming, can be your exercise for the day. And what is better than a cleaner room?

Exercising is something everyone should do on a regular basis. With fibromyalgia, it is important to not be discouraged by not being able to run a marathon or lift heavy weights. Any movement is better than none and can even relieve some of the pain. Be sure to listen to your body, though, and call your doctor if you feel any side effects such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness.

Don’t let pain define who you are and what you can or cannot do. Push yourself to do as much as you can every day. There will be some days where the pain is unbearable, but as long as you don’t give up, you will continue to be stronger than you were before.


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BAART Clinical Team

BAART Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at BAART Programs is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. BAART is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing opioid addiction treatment services to the San Francisco Bay Area and greater United States since 1977.