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
Graded exercise starts out slowly and increases in very small steps. If your fatigue is severe, this can mean starting out with 1 minute of gentle movement, like stretching. And it means that you have a
plan and you stay with it, even when you're having a good day
and feel like doing more. This helps your body
make the changes it needs to cope with activity and exercise.
Studies show that light aerobic exercise, such as walking,
helps people who have
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) feel more energetic and
less tired.1 Maybe you have avoided it 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.
How can I start an exercise program?