Exercise Your Exhaustion Away?

Here’s an interesting study. Researchers believe that exercise might be the key to treating fatigue. Tara Parker-Pope of Well is on it:
University of Georgia researchers decided to study whether exercise can be used to treat fatigue. The research, which appears in the February issue of the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, involved 36 volunteers who were not regular exercisers but who complained of persistent fatigue.

One group of fatigued volunteers was prescribed 20 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks. The second group engaged in low-intensity aerobic exercise for the same time period, while a third control group did not exercise.

The study volunteers used exercise bikes that allowed the researchers to control their level of exertion. The low-intensity exercise was equivalent to a leisurely, easy walk. The more intense exercise was similar to a fast-paced walk up hills. Patients with fatigue due to serious medical conditions, such as those with chronic fatigue syndrome, weren’t included in the study.

Both of the exercise groups had a 20 percent increase in energy levels by the end of the study, compared to the control group. However, the researchers found that more intense exercise isn’t the best way to reduce fatigue. The low-intensity group reported a 65 percent drop in feelings of fatigue, compared to a 49 percent drop in the group doing more intense exercise.
I’m inclined to agree. I feel very empowered and spunky from my exercise regime—how about you?
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Shelly - March 5, 2008 6:03 AM

I absolutely agree. I am 43, and I spend 8-10 hours per week doing cardio, weights & yoga. Many people, including my husband, think I spend too much time exercising, but the rewards I reap the other 158 hours per week make it more than worthwhile. I have a very demanding full-time job, and if I didn't exercise, I'm sure I'd feel lousy at the end of the day. I have so much more energy now than I did when I was a sedentary 23-year-old. I'll never give it up!


Gerry Pugliese - March 5, 2008 7:25 AM

Hey Shelly-

Sounds good. Keep it up!


Donna - March 1, 2011 12:23 AM

Do you have any suggestions to help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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