What is a good exercise to improve your cardiovascular system?

Doctors treating fibromyalgia patients have found aquatic exercise to be beneficial to their patients. Water therapy as a form of rehabilitation is well established for those who suffer from chronic arthritis, spinal injuries and sports injuries. It is a low-impact, relaxing activity that offers many of the same benefits of land-based exercise.

Advantages of Water Therapy

Here are some of the major advantages to water therapy:

  • Enhances your range of motion
  • Builds flexibility
  • Increases circulation of the blood
  • Helps with balance
  • Provides resistance to build muscle
  • Stimulates muscle blood vessels to remove lactic acid and waste 

Fight Fibromyalgia with Water Therapy!

Water therapy is a great type of cardiovascular fitness that can significantly eliminate blood circulation problems for fibromyalgia patients. Aerobic exercise helps your body to pump blood faster and distribute more blood throughout your body.

During exercise, your breathing increases and you breathe more deeply. This increases the oxygen levels in your blood stream. Regular exercise contributes to the release of endorphins that combat the chronic pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia.

Lifestyle Changes for Fibromyalgia Relief

Here are some other lifestyle changes you can incorporate to fight fibromyalgia:

  • Drink plenty of water: During exercise and throughout the day your body needs water to function properly. Water actively fights dehydration and increases the volume of your blood.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: Your body needs plenty of nutrients and vitamins to maintain blood pressure, blood circulation and to fight fibromyalgia. Choose from all food groups with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean cuts of chicken and fish.
  • Look into acupuncture and massage therapy to supplement your exercise. Studies have shown that acupuncture and massage therapy increase blood flow in the skin and muscles.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule: Try to get to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time in the morning. Doctors have found that maintenance of sleep rituals improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia patients. If you are unable to sleep, speak to your doctor about sleep medications. Make sure you are informed of all the side effects of the medication you are taking.


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