The relationship between fatigue and exercise

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fatigue_panel_225.jpgPhysical trainer Heidi Engel invited me to be on a panel of cancer patients to discuss fatigue, a very common and vexing symptom, last Thursday. I promised to bring ‘sophisticated computer graphics‘ illustrating my experience with fatigue (pictured).

Basically, when I was exercising not at all, in the wake of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and high-dose corticosteroid therapy, I would frequently become very tired in the afternoon, and often nap for 90 minutes or more. The long naps sometimes meant I had trouble sleeping, adding to the fatigue the following day – not a good situation. Now that I exercise 90 minutes every day, I rarely nap at all. The curve-fitting above is a bit amateurish, but both sets of endpoints are true. The more I exercise, the better I feel… photo by Linda Hubbard Gulker

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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