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Physical activity before & after exercise in women with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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By Sisto SA, Tapp WN, LaManca JJ, Ling W, Korn LR, Nelson AJ, Natelson BH • www.ProHealth.com • July 26, 1998


We measured physical activity after strenuous exercise in 20
women with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), compared to 20
sedentary healthy volunteers who exercised no more than once
per week. Activity was measured for 2 weeks using a portable
waist-worn vertical accelerometer. After the first week of
activity monitoring, all participants returned for a maximal
treadmill test, followed by continued activity monitoring for
the second week. Five activity measures were derived from the
data: (i) average activity; (ii) total activity; (iii)
duration of waking day; (iv) duration; and (v) number of daily
rests. A repeated measures ANCOVA was used to determine post-
treadmill group differences accounting for pre-treadmill
differences. There was a significant reduction in overall
average activity after the treadmill test, with the greatest
decrease on days 12 through 14. This reduction was accompanied
by a significant increase in the duration of the waking day
and number of daily rests. Thus, marked exertion does produce
changes in activity, but later than self-report would suggest,
and are apparently not so severe that CFS patients cannot
compensate.




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