Study Explores Walking Towards Better Health with Fibromyalgia

Study Explores Walking Towards Better Health with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients are among the population of individuals who benefit from walking groups. Walking is suggested to significantly increase energy levels, improve sleep, and enable fibromyalgia patients to perform daily activities with less effort. A study from British Journal of Sports Medicine also found that simply joining and participating in a walking group boosts overall health. Data from more than 2,000 people -- some of whom had fibromyalgia -- from 14 different countries was collected from 42 studies that evaluated the physical and mental health effects of joining an adult outdoor walking group. The researchers collecting the data compiled their conclusions in "Is There Evidence That Walking Groups Have Health Benefits? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." As may be expected, joining a walking group increased physical activity in the studied subjects, but there were also wide ranging health benefits that came from walking. Pooled data showed a decrease in average blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, body weight, and total cholesterol. Adding to these benefits, participants also experienced greater lung power, overall physical function, and general fitness and had an overall better outlook on life. These effects are welcome in patients with fibromyalgia, as pain can be extremely debilitating and lead to a feeling of depression. Not all aspects of health were affected by joining a walking group.  There was no clear benefit in reducing some other risk factors for poor health, including waist circumference, fasting blood glucose, and blood fats. Certainly, joining a walking group did not adversely affect health, with the exception of a few bumps or bruises from falling on roots or slipping on wet ground. Three quarters of the people st
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