Finding relief with Strength Training
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes severe pain in our joints, ligaments, tendons and in particular muscles. While doctors and naturopaths will want to fill you full of pills and potions, you may like to consider a new study published that says a combined strength training and cardiovascular exercise program may also offer relief to suffers of Fibromyalgia.
Researchers from Harvard Medical school studied 15 women with Fibromyalgia. The women completed a 20 week strength training program in conjunction with a cardiovascular exercise program. The cardiovascular
component involved exercises such as Aqua Aerobics and walking. The strength component concentrated on both free and machine weights.
At the completion of the 20 week period all woman had improved upper and lower body strength and improved endurance in a 6 minute treadmill test.
In addition the woman’s fibromyalgia symptoms – such as stiffness, pain, fatigue and depression dramatically improved. If you have fibromyalgia please consult with your doctor first before starting an exercise program. Before a “strength program” is initiated always ensure your fitness consultant begins with an endurance weight program followed by a hypertrophy program before attempting a strengthweight bearing program.