Don’t overdo it! – March

Many people with CFS/ME have been put off exercising and activity by previous ill-advised advice to go to the gym or similar, taking little account of their illness and current fitness levels. This may have been from someone with little knowledge of CFS/ME. Others have decided for themselves to resume exercise but have started at a level that relates more to their level of fitness before CFS/ME rather than to their current ability.

NICE clinical guideline 53 (2007): “Do not offer the following strategies to people with CFS/ME: Advice to undertake unsupervised, or unstructured, vigorous exercise (such as simply ‘go to the gym’ or ‘exercise more’) because this may worsen symptoms.”