Jump Start to Fitness

Enter Your Name and Email Address to get your FREE Home Workout Plan!

Find Me On...
Latest Blog Posts

RSS to JavaScript

Real Stories from Real People
I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

Becky M
Hey Shawna, I bought the FFLO about a month ago and have finally started using it on Tuesday. I quit waiting for Monday to start it. It's just been 3 days but I can already tell that it is working. I sleep better and want to eat better so that I'll see results. How can I mess up with menus and workouts spelled out for me? I know what I need to do and have worked with trainers over the years to know that your program will work. For me it has just been a matter of getting started. I gained 15 lbs over the winter and need to get it off. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2 diabetes so exercise is a key part of my health. I love to walk / run but I know that with the interval training I will not only see the results I want on my body but my blood sugar will be where it needs to be. The interval training is a great workout for me in the morning. Then in the evenings I can walk for stress relief and to just relax. I saw myself in your message yesterday about the woman who still tries to walk everyday for 2 hours - who has time for that? I enjoy your blogs and am glad that I found you on Facebook! To good health!

This Month In Health
  • Cloudy, Frosty, Foggy
    Are you over the age of 60 and notice your vision is more blurry than normal? Has reading small print or driving at night become more difficult in recent years? Don’t ignore the changes. Make an appointment with your optometrist. You may have cataracts. Read >>
  • The Vaping Teen
    With one in five teens giving vaping at least a try, parents need to get the lowdown on these electronic, less smelly versions of smoking sooner rather than later. Their teens’ health may be at stake. Read >>
  • Tired All the Time?
    It’s a disease shrouded in mystery. The cause, the diagnosis, and the treatment are complex, complicated, and confusing to medical professionals and patients alike. What are the symptoms of this debilitating disease and what causes it? Is there any form of treatment? Read >>
  • Essential Screening Tests for Women
    If you’re like most women, undergoing regular health screenings probably isn’t on the list of most beloved activities. While health tests may never be your favorite things to do, it may be time to put them on your agenda. Read >>
Health and Fitness News
Re-ignite Your Metabolism

Tired All the Time?

What you should know about chronic fatigue syndrome.

It’s a disease shrouded in mystery. The cause, the diagnosis, and the treatment are complex, complicated, and confusing to medical professionals and patients alike. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is often abbreviated as ME/CFS. This serious, chronic disease affects multiple body systems. Many who live with ME/CFS are confined to their beds, unable to find the energy necessary to live a normal life. Even a small amount of activity makes their fatigue worse and rest doesn’t help them regain the energy they need.

Odd as the condition sounds, it’s estimated that millions of people have ME/CFS but haven’t yet been diagnosed. What are the symptoms of this debilitating disease and what causes it? Is there any form of treatment? Look below to find out.

A Range of Symptoms

To be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, you must have three core symptoms: a reduced ability to perform normal activities due to fatigue that has lasted for at least six months, a worsening of symptoms following physical or mental activity, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at night.

The fatigue aspect of ME/CFS causes the sufferer more than just feelings of tiredness. It’s a severe fatigue that’s not improved by rest or sleep and isn’t the result of excessive exertion. Unlike other causes of fatigue, the lack of energy is a new problem, not something that has been a life-long struggle or caused by other underlying conditions.

Additional symptoms of ME/CFS include headache, dizziness, sore throat, sleep troubles, foggy thinking, muscle aches, joint pain, tender lymph nodes, digestive issues, night sweats, chills, allergies, and sensitivities. Known as a crash, collapse, or relapse, these symptoms may worsen for days, weeks, or months following exertion. The symptoms are known to be unpredictable, range in severity, and come and go. As a result, those with the condition are often not believed regarding their symptoms.

How It’s Diagnosed

Fatigue is a common complaint for many. Multiple other health conditions such as diabetes, depression, infections, anemia, heart disease, sleep apnea, obesity, thyroid issues, and multiple sclerosis also list fatigue as a symptom. Since there’s not a test to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome, diagnosis of the condition is a matter of elimination. This means numerous medical tests may be necessary to rule out other health conditions with similar symptoms.

What’s the Cause?

The cause of ME/CFS currently remains unknown. It’s suspected people with the condition have a genetic predisposition. When a virus, hormonal imbalance, unmanaged stress, or a problem with the immune system arises, the condition is triggered and sets in.

Anyone at any age can develop chronic fatigue syndrome, but it’s most often diagnosed in people in their 40s and 50s. The disease is also found to affect more women than men and whites suffer the condition more than other races.

Is There Treatment?

Though there’s no cure for ME/CFS, there are ways to manage some of the symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to a variety of specialists to help treat symptoms and improve your quality of life. The most debilitating symptoms should be addressed first.

To help manage the fatigue that’s worsened by activity, patients must learn to pace themselves and set limits. A fatigue diary can help you know how to set boundaries. Medications may be used to bring relief for sleep troubles, dizziness, headaches, muscle aches, and joint pain. Massage, acupuncture, or water therapy are other forms of pain management.

It’s important for people with chronic illness to realize they’re at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, and stress. In the event these affect you on top of chronic fatigue, seek medical intervention to determine if medication, therapy, deep-breathing techniques, massage, or stretching exercises such as tai chi or yoga would be beneficial.

<script type="text/javascript"> var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-8876252-2']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); </script>