Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Using Graded Exercise to Get More Energy
You may be thinking, "How can I exercise when I'm so tired I can barely get through the day?" You can do it, as long as you start out very slowly and are careful not to overexert yourself. Most important, it will make you feel better.
Studies show that light aerobic exercise, such as walking, helps people who have Reference chronic fatigue syndrome Opens New Window (CFS) feel more energetic and less tired.Reference 1 Maybe you have avoided exercise because you're afraid it will make you feel worse, but the opposite is true. Total rest leaves your body in worse shape. It can also hurt your self-image by making you feel as if you can't do anything for yourself.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 22, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation