5 Steps to Fight Chronic Fatigue

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iVillage Health Staff on Oct 21, 2009 at 3:30PM

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5 Steps to Fight Chronic Fatigue

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Exercise Regularly

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can leave you feeling unmotivated and devoid of energy. However, there are several steps you can take in everyday life to combat your fatigue and regain your energy.

Regular participation in mild to moderate physical activity prevents deconditioning, improves the ability to cope and reduces the risk of other health problems, such as heart disease. It’s especially important, however, for individuals with CFS to avoid overexertion because excessive physical activity may worsen the condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 1-to-3 ratio of exercise to rest for individuals suffering from CFS. Exercise for one minute, then rest for three minutes.

Reviewed by: Vikas Garg, M.D., MSA

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