Physical Activity at Regular Intervals Might Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Study Says

Physical Activity at Regular Intervals Might Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Study Says
Performing moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in regular bouts of at least 10 minutes helped reduce pain, fatigue, and disease severity in fibromyalgia patients. Longer intervals of physical activity were associated with a better symptom profile. The study, "Association of patterns of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity bouts with pain, physical fatigue and disease severity in women with fibromyalgia: the al-Ándalus project," was published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Fibromyalgia is a complex disease characterized by symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and stiffness. The symptoms often lead patients to avoid performing physical activities. However, this sedentary state might be counterproductive, as studies have shown that patients who are more physically active tend to have fewer symptoms. According to the current guidelines, adults should perform at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week in bouts of at least 10 minutes. However, the health benefits associated with following these guidelines may vary according to the person's health, and it is not clear whether exercise in bouts is more beneficial to a person's health or not. Researchers designed a cross-sectional study to investigate the impact of following the current guidelines for physical activity on symptoms including pain, physical fatigue, and disease severity in women with fibromyalgi
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  1. Margaret Tooley says:

    I don’t think the doctors on these studies actually listen to real fibromyalgia suffers. If I were to expend energy doing vigorous or moderate exercises I would not have the energy to do ANY basic household tasks like (basic – no energy for anything fancy) cooking, shopping,(quick) cleaning and would also struggle with personal care. I would also de in a great deal of pain – which I think renders to whole idea of doing MVPA as a complete waste of time. I have tried it and my overall health suffered over to 8 week period as I could not look after myself – DO DOCTORS THINK WE WANT TO BE LIKE THIS???
    **’However, this sedentary state might be counterproductive, as studies have shown that patients who are more physically active tend to have fewer symptoms’….maybe that is because the severity of symptoms varies so much for Fibro suffers – I worked at a physically and mentally demanding job for 7 years with a high degree of Fibro symptoms, until I couldn’t do it any more.
    ‘Exercise-shaming’ fibro suffers is not the way to go, I personally have a ‘can do’ attitude to life but have had to accept my limitations and I do what I can do. MVPE is something I definitely cannot do if I want to function in other ways.

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