How I stay active as a fibro warrior

BEMER Therapy, CBD, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Pain Management

I get it. Physical activity is the last thing on your mind when you’re struggling with fibromyalgia-induced pain and fatigue. All you want to do is curl up in a ball and sleep.

I’ve been there. But, as someone who has struggled with fibromyalgia for years, I can’t stress enough how staying active despite its challenges has helped me manage my condition.

Here’s why maintaining manageable levels of activity is so vital for managing your symptoms, and how to do it successfully and healthily…


Why is Staying Active so Beneficial for Fibromyalgia?

The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be debilitating, but maintaining manageable levels of activity daily can help to:

  1. Manage Pain Gentle physical activity triggers endorphin release, acting as a natural painkiller for your body.
  2. Improve Mental Health Physical activity or gentle exercise of any kind stimulates the release of dopamine, helping to boost your mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  3. Improve Sleep Quality Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. Gentle physical activity regulates energy levels and thus improves the length and quality of sleep.
  4. Enhance Cognitive Function Fibro fog is incredibly frustrating. Gentle movement or exercise promotes better blood flow to the brain, improving cognitive function and helping to clear that foggy feeling.

How Can I Stay Active as a Fibro Warrior? 

For me, staying active is all about going at my own pace and listening to my body. When I first implemented daily physical activity to help with my fibromyalgia symptoms, this is what worked for me:

Start Slow 

No marathon running for me! I started as simply as challenging myself to use the upstairs toilet instead of the downstairs one. Gradual increases in physical activity can help reduce the risk of post-exertional malaise.

Pacing 

You know your body best. If you’ve overdone it one day, take it slower the next. There’s no right or wrong way to stay active – resist the temptation to push yourself too hard and remember that rest is just as important as physical activity. Pace yourself and do what your body responds well to.

Pick and Choose Your Activities 

Some physical activity works better than others. Studies show that Tai Chi reduces fibromyalgia pain, so you could give this or something similar a go. On the other end of the scale, heavy aerobic exercise like running may be too much for you. Pick and choose your activities wisely to ensure they improve your condition, not make it worse.

Try New Things 

I’ve recently re-discovered my love for horse riding, and it’s done me the world of good – physically and mentally! It’s a manageable form of physical activity that helps improve my fibromyalgia symptoms, doesn’t wear me out too much and I absolutely love it – a bonus!

But I will say, it’s manageable because I schedule in significant rest and a BEMER session straight afterwards – know your limits and accommodate them whole heartedly to really feel the benefits of your chosen physical activity.

Not all physical activity or exercise is created equal, and neither are we! Implement gentle activity that suits you and your condition to start seeing improvements in your day-to-day fibro symptoms.

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