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Low-intensity Exercise Reduces Fatigue Symptoms by 65 Percent March 11, 2008

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Sedentary people who regularly complain of fatigue can increase their energy levels by 20 percent and decrease their fatigue by 65 percent by engaging in regular, low intensity exercise, according to a new University of Georgia study.

Cindy Stephens, director of Health Central, University Health Care System's wellness and fitness center, said that in addition to reducing fatigue, low-intensity exercise is also a great way for the sedentary or de-conditioned person to get started with a fitness program. It can help burn calories to reduce body fat, strengthen the cardiovascular system, and reduce stress and improve psychological well-being. Low- to moderate-intensity exercise has even been linked to improved immune systems in some individuals.

Previous studies – including one in 2006 – have shown that exercise can significantly improve energy levels and decrease fatigue. Those studies, however, primarily looked at patients with medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease and mental health problems. In this latest study, the researchers studied volunteers who had fatigue that was persistent yet didn’t meet the criteria for a medical condition such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers said about 25 percent of the general population experiences such fatigue.

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