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Exercise for CFIDS/CFS Sufferers

Exercise with CFIDS?  Yeah, right!!  The other day I was walking to the shop and it started to rain.  I had to run maybe 50 metres (yards) and had not made ten steps when I thought I couldn't go on - my legs were like lead, each step felt like I was in a slow motion movie!

According to research, the rule for exercise during the ACUTE PHASE of Chronic Fatigue is NO EXERCISE - just REST!!!
However, as soon as you are able, it is HIGHLY ADVISABLE to take light walks (5 minutes a day) and see how you recover - if the recovery rate is not good, then wait until you are able to walk for small distances, increasing the distance and duration each day.
The general belief amongst doctors and researchers is that exercise speeds up the metabolism and therefore is vital for the recovery of CFIDS sufferers.
How about a new Nike slogan for Chronic Fatigue endurers - Just Think It!!
I can recommend this article on Yoga and CFIDS and Dr Deepak Chopra's book  below.

The Complete Mind/Body Program for Overcoming Chronic Fatigue

Boundless Energy:
The Complete Mind/Body Program for Overcoming Chronic Fatigue
by Deepak Chopra
Paperback (1997)

Dr. Chopra presents an approach to eliminating fatigue and to regaining a sense of energy and vitality that is based upon one's Ayurvedic body type and the correct balance of mind and body.
Demonstrates how the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine can be applied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, identifying energy-inducing foods and revealing energy-depleting patterns.
Tailoring the benefits of Ayurveda to the problem of chronic fatigue, a guide uses a mind/body approach to gaining more energy from food, overcoming energy depleting factors, balancing behavior, and more.

Chronic Fatigue:
Your Complete Exercise Guide
(Cooper Clinic and Research Institute Fitness Series)
by Neil Gordon, Kenneth Cooper
Paperback (1992)

 

Acsm's Exercise Management for Persons With Chronic Diseases and Disabilities
by American College of Sports Medicine, Larry Durstine
Library Binding (1997)

Great Book for any Personal Trainer.  This is one of the few books I've found that contains such a vast array of information in one book. Its a must for any personal trainer or fitness professional. its very comprehensive, as is all of the ACSM's publications. A reader from USA, 1999

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