Fibromyalgia: Does exercise help or hurt?

You may be reluctant to exercise for fear that it'll aggravate your symptoms, but research shows that regular moderate exercise lessens pain and improves function.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Although pain and fatigue may make exercise and daily activities difficult, it is crucial to be physically active. Research has repeatedly shown that regular aerobic exercise improves pain, function and overall quality of life.

Won't exercising make my pain flare up?

You may be reluctant to try exercise for fear that it will make your pain worse. But starting low and going slow helps keep symptoms from flaring up. Consider starting with walking 10 minutes a day and gradually work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes two or three times a week. It's crucial to pace yourself. If you do too much on your good days, you may have more bad days.

April 28, 2014 See more In-depth