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Scout123

719d

How are you supposed to get exercise when the smallest activities feel like you’ve run a marathon? When I try to be more active, I usually get sick with my normal cycle of symptoms. Curious if anyone else struggles with this.. and if you were able to overcome it.. what did you do?

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    • KitKat1450

      712d

      Figure out what you can do on good days and bad day. Some days I have to do all floor exercises, others they make me so nauseous. Some days I can do some squats, others I feel like I’ll pass out just thinking about trying. For me light and slow deadlifting and seating leg machines are typically always good. I just gauge on how I feel and try to look up different workout for what I need for my symptoms and make note of what is good and worse for what. Having someone with me if going on a walk on shaky days helps. I take a lot of breaks and sit on a low ball, foam roller, or step- easier for me to get up from than the ground but low enough to not cause pain from sitting completely upright…over half the time I’m “working out” I’m really sitting/resting but that’s better than nothing and does make me feel better usually. On bad days it helps a lot to really drag out transition from floor, knee, and slowly rise. I’m a personal trainer and can tell you if you look up exercises variations for low blood pressure & dizziness when exercising there’s a lot more than just the recumbent bike, and some are really helpful just need to find what works and be careful with implementing. Bands are also great because you can do less big movements. Biggest tip- transition movements slow and the more you do it, the more your body will adapt to what you’re asking of it when you set up the right conditions to properly recover. Remember your body will perform differently on different days so a good test to check how well you’ll do with more complex movement that day is a grip strength test- if it’s hard to hold a grip on a glass of water or feels shaky or not as strong, take it slow or rest if it’s really bad! If you push it on bad days, your body will not respond well and take longer to recover. And on the other side if you grip with no problem, you feel stronger than normal, then your body is more resilient and ready to take on more and can adapt better. That’s be a day where try more movement and typically ones that would usually may make your symptoms worse might be doable and help your body get stronger. The stronger your muscles are, the more effective they are at pumping blood throughout your body. Grip strength test directly correlates to your HRV (heart rate variability) and changes daily, which tells you how well your body with handle and recover from stress. It tells you when it’s safer to try more and when to take it easy or rest. You can also get HRV fit tracker.

    • KitKat1450

      712d

      Figure out what you can do on good days and bad day. Some days I have to do all floor exercises, others they make me so nauseous. Some days I can do some squats, others I feel like I’ll pass out just thinking about trying. For me light and slow deadlifting and seating leg machines are typically always good. I just gauge on how I feel and try to look up different workout for what I need for my symptoms and make note of what is good and worse for what. Having someone with me if going on a walk on shaky days helps. I take a lot of breaks and sit on a low ball, foam roller, or step- easier for me to get up from than the ground but low enough to not cause pain from sitting completely upright…over half the time I’m “working out” I’m really sitting/resting but that’s better than nothing and does make me feel better usually. On bad days it helps a lot to really drag out transition from floor, knee, and slowly rise. I’m a personal trainer and can tell you if you look up exercises variations for low blood pressure & dizziness when exercising there’s a lot more than just the recumbent bike, and some are really helpful just need to find what works and be careful with implementing. Bands are also great because you can do less big movements. Biggest tip- transition movements slow and the more you do it, the more your body will adapt to what you’re asking of it when you set up the right conditions to properly recover. Remember your body will perform differently on different days so a good test to check how well you’ll do with more complex movement that day is a grip strength test- if it’s hard to hold a grip on a glass of water or feels shaky or not as strong, take it slow or rest if it’s really bad! If you push it on bad days, your body will not respond well and take longer to recover. And on the other side if you grip with no problem, you feel stronger than normal, then your body is more resilient and ready to take on more and can adapt better. That’s be a day where try more movement and typically ones that would usually may make your symptoms worse might be doable and help your body get stronger. The stronger your muscles are, the more effective they are at pumping blood throughout your body. Grip strength test directly correlates to your HRV (heart rate variability) and changes daily, which tells you how well your body with handle and recover from stress. It tells you when it’s safer to try more and when to take it easy or rest. You can also get HRV fit tracker.

    • hazyeclipse

      719d

      I have the same issue. Even just sitting feels like I'm exercising sometimes, I get that same winded feeling in my chest and feels like my body is being overworked, I always have trouble describing it. It's horrible. I went from running 2 years ago and constantly going on long walks to struggling to just be upright during the day

      • Scout123

        718d

        @hazyeclipse I have to sit a lot because I feel so weak like I’m going to pass out if I’m standing or moving a lot. Sometimes sitting around too much makes my mental health awful so I like to stay busy if possible

    • AstraPenn

      719d

      I struggle with this all the time. My doctor suggested a recumbent bike but right now I can’t afford one. He said to start with five minutes in the morning five minutes at night and then moved to 10 minutes in the morning 10 minutes at night and kind of just go with it. He said you can do it while watching TV. Until I can afford one though I talked with him through messages and asked him if I can get cardiac rehabilitation physical therapy.

      • Scout123

        719d

        @AstraPenn I bike to and from work and it’s destroyed me if I’m not feeling well and push myself to anyways. Did your Dr say to do it everyday even when you aren’t feeling well? Or take a break those days?

        • AstraPenn

          719d

          @Scout123 Our compet bike is leaned back differently so it’s not as much on our cardio it’s more on our legs and it just trains to build up that muscle that were missing. He did say that if I needed to start one day on one day off that was OK. But if you’re watching commercials just do it when a commercial starts and then stop during the show and then do it when a commercial starts and that should also help needing those pauses. Do not push your body to the point where it needs so many days to recover. And when it says to stop respect your body and try again. All doctors are going to tell you to push through it because they believe a lot of it has to do with mind over matter but our body speaks to us for a reason.

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