By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Your family, friends and even your doctor may, probably will at some point, prod you to get moving. They think that if you can just get on your feet again and start exercising, you’ll be so much better. It’s irritating to hear and just reinforces how isolated you are and how little they understand what you are going through.
You have to cut them some slack, though. You may, after all, look like you’re the picture of health. Plus we all intuitively sense that exercise, in general, is good for us and bedrest can make things worse. From the outside exercise might look like just the ticket. They are only trying to help.
Well, exercise is a ticket – but usually not to better health. While people with ME/CFS – like anybody with a chronic illness – should make every attempt to maintain their fitness, vigorous or even light exercise almost always has negative effects.
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