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Claudia Craig Marek, an FM patient-expert and author of several FM books, writes, "Exercise releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), relieves stress, helps you maintain your weight, strengthens your muscles, protects your bones, and makes a healthier heart and lungs. Not only that, exercise will give you more energy and will also help you sleep better. Back in 1904, Sir William Gowers prescribed “perspiration” (or exercise) for his patients because in his experience it worked better than painkillers, a fact that has been corroborated over the years by many studies. The evidence is overwhelming that exercise will help you feel better. Yet most of us fight it tooth and nail. I know this because I did: tooth, nail, and with both hands and feet. I was dragged kicking and screaming to exercise, and I still don’t love it. But like many other fibromyalgics, I do it. I’m a believer – I know it does what it’s supposed to do." (Source: A Patient-Expert Walks You Through Everything You Need to Learn and Do – The First Year with Fibromyalgia.)

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