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Being active with fibromyalgia

If you're active, you'll feel less pain and stiffness from fibromyalgia. You'll also notice that your mood, general health and sleep are better too. But it’s important to be careful with how much exercise you do and when. Doing too much, too soon could cause a flare-up so the key is to start gently and progress slowly.

There are three types of exercise that are important for fibromyalgia:

Tips for being active with fibromyalgia

If you would like some specific advice and support with being more active, talk to your GP or practice nurse. They may be able to refer you to a physiotherapist, who may suggest a PhysioFITT programme to develop an activity plan for you over three to four sessions. PhysioFITT is a private programme and you'll be charged for it.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2021.


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