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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Exercise and fibromyalgia

I found a very good article concerning the need for people with fibromyalgia to exercise. This article is at the, and was written by
Dr. Marla Shapiro, MDCM CCFP MHSc FRCP(C) FCFP, is a family physician and the Health and Medical Contributor for CTV's Canada AM as well as the editor of Parents Canada magazine, launched in March 2007.

Here are some parts of her article:

"According to the Canadian Arthritis Society, between 2% and 6% of all Canadians are affected" (by fibromyalgia)."
As the Arthritis Society points out, while there is no cure for fibromyalgia, the  goal of treatment is to help in the management of pain and other symptoms." 

"While the treatment of fibromyalgia includes medication, wet heat and adjustments to lifestyle, exercise can be very helpful in managing the symptoms. It is easy to see how a vicious cycle of fatigue and lack of exercise happens. Decreased activity then causes the muscles to weaken, making future activity more difficult. "

"In this week's Arthritis Research & Therapy journal is a new study looking at patients with this diagnosis and increasing their lifestyle physical activity so that they accumulate at least 30 minutes throughout the day. The types of activity are moderate intensity, such as more walking, doing yard work or gardening, using the stairs, household activities such as vacuuming or cleaning out a closet, laundry and finally, sports activity, such as swimming."

"In this study, one group was given counselling and support about fibromyalgia and the other group was educated not only on the disease but given support to gradually increase their moderate activity, so that they were breathing heavily during the activity but not so heavily that they could not hold a conversation."

"At the end of the study, the group that was doing the lifestyle physical activity reported that they had less perceived functional deficits and most importantly, less pain.This is encouraging that by breaking the cycle of pain and being sedentary, exercise is a powerful tool to help improve the quality of life for those with fibromyalgia."

As you may or may not know, this blog writer has fibromyalgia, and I use a Nordic track cross country ski trainer to get my exercise and I also walk after I have been on the ski trainer. Because the skis of the Nordic track are on rubber wheels, exercise is of a low-impact nature.Cross country skiing is one of the best exercises you can do for fitness and weight control. I hope that if you have fibromyalgia and you are reading this, that you take the time each day or several times a week to exercise, doing something have found enjoyable. The other benefit of exercising is that it causes your body to release natural pain killers called endorpins  (see: and for basic information concerning endorphins).

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.