FeatureFibromyalgia Syndrome The Beneficial Effects of ExerciseKarper, William B. EdD1; Jannes, Caroline R. F. MS2; Hampton, Janis L. MS3Author Information 1William B. Karper, EdD, is associate professor with Behavioral Health and Fitness Laboratory, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, School of Health and Human Performance, University of North Carolina—Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. 2Caroline R. F. Jannes, MS, Ghent, Belgium is a post graduate assistant, University of North Carolina—Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. 3Janis L. Hampton, MS, is assistant professor of health, physical education, and recreation at Duke University, Durham, NC. Direct correspondence to him at[email protected]. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: September 2006 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p 193-198 doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2006.tb00135.x Buy Metrics Abstract This article highlights positive outcomes for a convenience sample of six women (49–64 years of age) with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) who participated in an exercise program over 5 years. This group showed improvement with various FMS symptoms, fitness, and psychosocial factors early in the program, then showed further improvement as a result of adding new exercises to the protocol during the fourth and fifth years. Data suggest that certain people with FMS can improve their functional capacity with exercise over time, and move to even higher levels of physical function while aging and coping with FMS. Practical advice is provided for rehabilitation nurses regarding exercise and FMS. © 2006 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.