Participants were told to perform activity intense enough to cause heavy breathing, but not so heavily that they could not hold a conversation. Researchers investigated the effects of 30 minutes of this type of activity , five to seven days a week, on physical function, pain and other measures of disability in 84 fibromyalgia patients.
At the end of the study, the participants increased their average daily steps by 54%. They also reported significantly fewer problems functioning and less pain.
Results of the study are in BioMed Central's open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.