Can Low-Impact Exercises Help Fibromyalgia?

Can Yoga Help Fibromyalgia?

Low-impact exercises have definitely been shown to improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some helpful exercises include:
Tai chi 
Gentle Water aerobics

Exercise can reduce stress and relieve muscle tension and pain. It can improve range of motion and flexibility. It can restore muscle strength. It increases serotonin in the brain which makes us feel calmer.
So why don't we exercise? It's like a catch 22 situation where exercise can make us feel better on so many levels but we actually have to feel good, or at least okay, to want to get up off the lounge and exercise.
I have been exercising again, after a break, and I feel so much better. It's not just that it gives structure to my week but I actually feel better: less pain and stronger arm muscles. Before it killed me to carry the groceries in from the car and now I can manage. 
It wasn't easy to get started, I really had to force myself. I made it like an appointment I had to keep and just stuck to it and now I really look forward to it and thoroughly enjoy it…nothing too vigorous just gentle exercise.
Do you manage to fit exercise into your life? Do you have any handy hints for getting moving?
Maybe you already exercise and want to take it up a notch. If so reading Kim's inspiring story may help.



  1. Thanks for sharing. I try to do yoga when I get a chance, but it seems like a get going with it then get distracted by work, kids, and life in general and never keep up with my yoga. Thanks though for reminding me to stick with it!

    1. As women I think we can be so easily distracted by all the things that life puts in front of us. Some people even say that The "people pleasing" personality (for want of a better expression) is the one seen in many people with fibromyalgia! hope you can find 10 minutes a day for you and yoga which I guess is better than nothing.


Thanks for your input