Strength training improves mood in people with fibromyalgia – new research
One session of strength training is enough to enhance the mood states of people with fibromyalgia says a small new study.
A total of 28 women with fibromyalgia (average age 52 years) performed three sessions of strength training. Each training session worked the main muscle groups and lasted for one hour. Three sets of 12 repetitions were performed with one-minute intervals between them.
Questionnaires were used to assess mood states; differences in mood after one and three sessions were statistically worked out.
Strength training had positive effects on the patients’ mood states after a single session in terms of anger, mental confusion, depression, fatigue and tension. The results of the third session were similar. The research group recommends that “a single strength training session was sufficient to improve the mood states of patients with fibromyalgia.”
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