“Exercise encourages bone development, and lack of exercise means you’ll be more at risk of losing calcium from the bones and so developing osteoporosis….It also increases the risk of breaking a bone as a result of a fall.” NHS.UK
Osteoporosis (bone loss) can be caused by multiple ways but since exercise builds strong bones, it’s clear that the low levels of exercise tolerated in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) puts them at an increased risk of it. Unfortunately, the best exercises to combat osteoporesis – weight-bearing activities such a walking, running, playing tennis, etc. – are the most difficult for most ME/CFS/FM patients to engage in. (Resistance exercises can help, though.)
Besides, even the minimum exercise recommendations (3-5 miles of walking a week) to support bone health are far beyond what most can tolerate. The very healthiest among us might be able to manage 2 hours of walking a week but who with these diseases can tolerate the 45 minutes to 1 hour of moderate to vigorous exercise 5 days a week that’s recommended to support our health?.
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