Patients first got a thorough checkup to make sure they were healthy enough to exercise.
The studies used various exercise programs for three months, on average. Patients typically worked out for 30-60 minutes, three times per week.
Some patients took low-impact aerobics classes. Others walked, biked, or swam on their own.
In six studies, patients' fatigue improved to a degree that likely wasn't due to chance.
Inspired to give exercise a try for fatigue? You may want to consider these tips from the study.
- Get your doctor's permission first.
- Consider your preferences -- would you rather exercise on your own at home or with others at a gym?
- Start exercise early in the course of the disease or following disease flare.
- Begin with low-intensity activities and avoid provoking symptoms.
- Combine aerobic and resistance training where possible.
- Gradually increase exercise intensity.
- Exercise at least three times weekly for 15-30 minutes as tolerated.