What is the #1 treatment for fatigue?

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Posted by Leigh MacKenzie, February 20, 2014

After a busy day pushing around Bobath Tables in Toronto yesterday, I rushed to catch a flight departing from Billy Bishop airport. Once fitted into my seat I finally felt the 4:00 am wake up time and the subsequent fatigue ensued. I usually try not to sleep on planes as I’m afraid the flight attendants might think I’m not breathing and try to perform CPR. How did I stay awake? I observe my fellow travellers to see how many were in my sleepy world or showed signs of the pre power nap stage. During the observation (nap?) I was thinking of the different types of fatigue and the volume of people that are affected. For example, people living with cancer is a population that has a very difficult time dealing with exhaustion. Take a look at “Cancer Related Fatigue” by  Dr. Mike Evans .

From this, exercise is the 1# treatment for fatigue. 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week of walking leads to a better quality of life. Here are some additional returns on investing into you health through exercise:

  • Knee Arthritis-47% reduction in rates of pain and disability
  • Dementia & Alzheimers-50% reduction in the progression
  • Diabetes-50% in the progression in frank diabetes
  • 50% reduction of hip fractors in post menopausal women
  • Anxiety-48% reduction
  • Depression-30%% reduction (low dose) 47% reduction (high dose)
  • Harvard Alumni study-over 10 years of exercise-lower their risk of death by 23%

Courtesy of Dr. Mike Evans.

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