Fatigue Affects Millions of People Daily
While fatigue can be a symptom of various health problems, including serious conditions such as cancer, and cardiovascular disease, research has reportedly shown that one in four people suffer from general fatigue that isn't due to a known medical condition.
Findings that low-intensity exercise improves feelings of fatigue come as no surprise to Jeff Behar, a well sought after personal trainer and wellness expert based in Los Angeles, California.
"Exercise has long been known to get the body moving and to increase alertness. Not only does routine exercise make you look good, but there is good reason why it makes you feel less listless. Exercising enhances the blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue improving their ability to produce more energy (the chemical adenosine triphosphate),and it also brings more oxygen to the brain" explains Behar.
The University of Georgia study involved 36 sedentary (non active) healthy, young adults who reported persistent fatigue. The study compared the effects of three 6 week programs: moderate-intensity exercise, low-intensity exercise or no exercise for six weeks. Researchers found that that both exercise groups experienced a 20 percent increase in energy levels by the end of the study compared to the non-exercising group. The low-intensity group reported a 65 percent drop in feelings of fatigue while the more intense exercisers reported a 49 percent drop in fatigue.
So, what the study says is while all exercise can help reduce fatigue, low-intensity exercise is not helpful, but even superior to intense exercise when it comes to fighting fatigue and increasing energy levels.
"The most important thing with starting an exercise program to combat fatigue, besides getting doctor's approval, is to establish a regular pattern of exercise," notes Behar.