Pacing vs. cardio workout - rethinking exercise I recently read this article in Time magazine about weight loss, which argued that exercise isn't as nearly as important as diet. (I linked to the "print this article page" because there's less ads and it's on 1 page instead of 4.) If you've ever struggled with weight issues it's very interesting. Later in the article, the writer discusses the definition of exercise which struck me as really pertinent to CFS. and later... So, I got to thinking about CFS of course. If I walk for ten minutes on a treadmill, I'll be in bed for most of the day and probably not be very functional the next day. BUT, if I pace myself I can do a lot of little things -- empty the dishwasher, take the dog out and throw his ball (bending and walking), run a load of laundry, change the sheets on my bed. I need to lie down in between tasks of course, but I can exert much more energy throughout the day with pacing vs. only a few minutes on a treadmill. And, I will be able to function the next day! There's such an inclination in the medical community to get us on treadmills and get our heart rates up, but, it looks like this type of thinking may not even be that important for healthy people, much less people with CFS. We're always learning new things in medical research. This is just one little article and I'm sure there's a lot of criticism out there about it. But, I've been lamenting for years the fact that I can't do cardio exercise and the implications of that for my overall health. But, maybe in my own way, I'm finding ways to be active within my limitations.