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Exercise And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted Apr 11 2009 1:01am

Exercise is a very tricky aspect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While exercise is extremely important for overall health and wellness, it can become a “toxin” for a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. That is why it is very important to find that critical “balance” of not too little, but not too much. And, each person will have a different level of what their condition can tolerate. Here is some information I came across today about Exercise and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome……

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterized by extreme exhaustion. Other common symptoms include aching muscles, joint pains, headache, sore throat and flu-like feelings. The cause is unknown and recovery can take years. In some cases, people don’t recover and suffer relapses throughout their lives.

Exercise is often a problem for people with CFS because physical activity may worsen their symptoms. Medical opinion has been divided on whether CFS patients should attempt regular exercise or not – some believe that gentle exercise is helpful, while others caution against any form of aerobic activity at all. However, studies recently published in the British Medical Journal and the Medical Journal of Australia have found that patient education on CFS and a graded exercise program can improve CFS symptoms in many cases.

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Exercise is a very tricky aspect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While exercise is extremely important for overall health and wellness, it can become a “toxin” for a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. That is why it is very important to find that critical “balance” of not too little, but not too much. And, each person will have a different level of what their condition can tolerate. Here is some information I came across today about Exercise and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome……

Nine sea gulls
picture by © joansheartart

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness characterized by extreme exhaustion. Other common symptoms include aching muscles, joint pains, headache, sore throat and flu-like feelings. The cause is unknown and recovery can take years. In some cases, people don’t recover and suffer relapses throughout their lives.

Exercise is often a problem for people with CFS because physical activity may worsen their symptoms. Medical opinion has been divided on whether CFS patients should attempt regular exercise or not – some believe that gentle exercise is helpful, while others caution against any form of aerobic activity at all. However, studies recently published in the British Medical Journal and the Medical Journal of Australia have found that patient education on CFS and a graded exercise program can improve CFS symptoms in many cases.

Read the rest of this entry »

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