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Walking is an excellent aerobic exercise for people with fibromyalgia. It’s easy, convenient, and inexpensive. If you have been inactive, begin slowly and gradually increase time and speed. Good walking shoes are essential. Walking gives legs a good workout. Fitness walking allows you to include your upper body by swinging your arms comfortably for a short part of your walk. Gradually increase the time and pace of your arm swing. As endurance builds, increase your speed to a brisk walk and your time to 30 to 45 minutes. Pace yourself so that you become out-of-breath at least twice during each exercise session. Remember to warm up muscles before you walk. This is essential since muscles are prone to cramps and rebel from activity, even walking. Failure to warm up before exercise can result in cramping, burning, and increased pain. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Help Book: Practical Guide to Living Better with Fibromyalgia by Jenny Fransen, R.N., and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D.)

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