U.S. researchers say exercise could possibly help those with fibromyalgia, a condition that affects about 10 percent of U.S. adults and causes pain in the muscles, joints and tendons.
Dennis Ang of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., followed 170 patients with fibromyalgia over the course of 36 weeks. They participated in light to moderate activity, such as brisk walking 20 minutes a day or light jogging.
The study, which was published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research, discovered patients who could stick out the walking program for 12 weeks experienced more improvement in their symptoms than those that were not able to sustain the more intense levels of activity.
Ang warns people to ease into the walking and moderate activity with a few weeks of light exercise a couple days a week. If they are able to maintain the intensity of activity past 12 weeks, their symptoms will improve.
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