Low-intensity Exercise Seen to Help Women With Fibromyalgia Mentally, Physically

Low-intensity Exercise Seen to Help Women With Fibromyalgia Mentally, Physically
Low-intensity exercise eases multiple psychological symptoms — including pain catastrophizing, stress, anxiety, and depression — and improves life quality for women with fibromyalgia, results of an eight-week clinical trial suggest. The study, "Low-Intensity Physical Exercise Improves Pain Catastrophizing and Other Psychological and Physical Aspects in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial," was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Physical exercise has received substantial attention as an alternative to medications for easing fibromyalgia-associated pain and improving quality of life. Still, it remains unclear what kind of exercise is most beneficial for these people. The effects of exercise on psychological symptoms — rather than fatigue or pain — are also incompletely understood. Researchers in Spain and Russia recruited 32 women with fibromyalgia, who were randomly divided into two groups of 16.The physical exercise group underwent an eight-week exercise intervention that involved two 60-minute sessions each week of aerobic and resistance exercises designed to improve coordination and endurance. Those in the control group were instructe
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