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Suffering from Fibromyalgia? Have You Tried Aerobic Exercise!

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This informative article elucidates on the health issue of Fibromyalgia and provides an overview of the condition. It also conveys some treatments for it, including Aerobic Exercise.

In life there are numerous ailments and diseases that the body suffers from and Fibromyalgia is one of those diseases. It is a condition that causes severe discontent to a lot of people and it is not specifically differentiated by age. 

Fibromyalgia Explained 

The disease is a long-term one which causes pain all over the body, chronic pain in fact and it is very detrimental to one’s health and well-being. People who are afflicted with the disease suffer from increased exposure to pain and also are more sensitive to it, as well as suffering migraines and other assorted complaints. A loss of concentration and fatigue are also symptoms of Fibromyalgia. It is unknown what causes the disease, although abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain (subsequently causing the nervous system to act differently) are thought to be responsible in some manner. It affects many people across the world and is quite a serious condition to live with. 

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise in general 

Aerobic exercise is one of the best types of exercise there is for the body, due to its holistic health benefits. It is more commonly known as cardiovascular exercise, physical activity of a relatively low intensity that keeps the body fit and increases stamina. Walking, cycling and jogging are all common variants of the exercise. Its main asset is that it places quite a low strain on the body and is not really that physically demanding. Furthermore, it is suitable for people of all ages and doesn’t cause much injury or fatigue. 

Aerobic Exercise and Fibromyalgia 

There are a multitude of benefits for doing aerobic exercise whilst you have Fibromyalgia. As Fibromyalgia is a condition which is partially to do with the immune system. Aerobic exercise mainly strengthens the core of the body but also the heart, which pumps blood around the body. The heart is fundamental to the human body and it is really a vital organ. Aerobic exercise, also known as cardiovascular, can really increase stamina and boost the immune system, so the body is more shielded against infections and other harmful toxins which enter the body, which can lead to worsen and painful Fibromyalgia.

Another benefit of aerobic exercise is that it can really make one feel good after one has done a period of it. The real advantage of it is that you do not have to do it for a long time, even a short bout of 30 minutes boosts the mood. When one goes through aerobic exercise this can boost endorphins and serotonin production as the body secretes more during exercise. These filter through to the brain and they make one feel contented. It is similar to the sort of feeling that you get after you have done a long day’s work: a sort of contentment where one knows they have done a good thing. Fibromyalgia is well known for distorting the chemicals in the brain and causing a chemical imbalance, in a similar manner to what depression or any other disorder does. In short, aerobic exercise can negate these effects of Fibromyalgia as they can stabilize the mood of a patient and make them feel better in general. 

Fibromyalgia can also cause strains on the body. It can cause chronic pain all across the body in quite an endemic manner, making it seem almost unbearable at times. In a similar vein to how Fibromyalgia can affect the mind, the muscles can be similarly strained. However, doing light weightlifting exercises can boost the body and make it stronger as muscles are gradually built back up to their former level after Fibromyalgia affected them. Cardio also builds up the joints in the legs and arms, particularly cycling and running. Playing football is another good thing as all of the body is given a conditioning and as such all of the joints are made more supple. 


Essentially, Fibromyalgia is a venomous disease which can cause chronic pain and discomfort. However, aerobic exercise can be an effective antidote to its conditions, boosting mood and easing joint pain without being too strenuous. 

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Arthritis and Exercise: All About Water Workouts.”
NIDDK: “Active at Any Size: Water Workouts.”
Doris Cope, MD, director of pain management, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
WebMD Health News: “Exercise May Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms.”

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