Energy & Fatigue
Treadmill Desks: Fighting Fatigue
Fatigue holds various meanings to individuals and it is important to note the difference between feeling tired (fatigued) and feeling weak. We strongly advise you to consult first with your physician since either fatigue or weakness may be a symptom of a serious medical condition.
If you have seen a physician and still suffer bouts of fatigue walking has been shown to increase energy in participants who exercise on a regular basis such as those using treadmill desks.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is very rare and also very difficult to treat. But a study from St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Medical School in Britain offers hope for CFS patients finding a rather simple but effective treatment: Walking.
Researchers enrolled 66 patients in a 12-week program of either aerobic exercise
(five days a week) or flexibility training. By the end of the study, twice as many of
the exercisers rated themselves as feeling better, compared with those in the
flexibility group. The exercising group also showed more improvement on
measurements of fatigue (British Medical Journal, June 7, 1997).
"It's an optimistic observation," says Dr. Regestein, who studies chronic fatigue
and sleep disorders at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Since the exercise
program consisted mainly of light walking (at about 50% of maximum heart rate),he suggests that people who want to try this approach "begin with something you know you can do, then build up from there."
A treadmill desk may be just the tool you need to keep you walking daily without taking any extra time out of your day or taxing your body.