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Being active with fibromyalgia

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If you are active, you will feel less pain and stiffness from fibromyalgia. You will also notice that your mood, general health and sleep are better too. But it is 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 general practice team. They may be able to refer you to a physiotherapist to develop an activity plan for you. You will be charged for seeing a physiotherapist.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2021.


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