Posted by Kims1961 on Nov 11, 2020 12:16 pm
Growing up I was not athletic as the rest of my family was - read - very, very uncoordinated. The focus of "gym" at school was always team sports or gymnastics - so i tried to avoid this as much as possible. It was until later that i realized the physical exercise can be fun - it can be anything you enjoy. When i hurt my back - i did chair yoga, during cancer treatments exercise may have been as simple as just walking outside and enjoying the fresh air. Later, running became part of my healthy routine for my mental health.
I really think our medical system needs to prescribe "exercise" in addition to medications. Even if your exercise is just moving more - shuffle your feel, move your arms or run, paddle, swim, dance, hike - there is something for everyone.
Now with gyms closed in many areas, we get to be creative on how we get our exercise. Thankfully there are now some online classes - even free - or video classes on YouTube that you can do in the comfort of your own home, if the weather outside is frightful!
Got to go walk the dog! Kim
Posted by law on Nov 11, 2020 1:43 pm
I am so often lazy that I don't walk daily---- I used to during my first months of recovery over the past 2 years, but I find I need more motivation these days...Maybe it's the COVID wackiness? Any suggestions are appreciated.
Posted by 123Th on Nov 11, 2020 1:52 pm
1. Schedule it into your day in the same way you would a medical appointment. It is medicine. We all need this medicine and so just like you wouldn't miss your medical appointments you won't miss this either.
2 Book it with a friend. If that isn't a option ask someone to keep you "honest". Have them text you when you have indicated you are heading out. Better yet have a visit with them while you walk. Technology and head sets make this possible.
3. Oops thought of one more idea. Find your favorite pod cast or music and only allow yourself to listen to it when outside walking. You will be excited to go, ha ha so you can enjoy this treat.
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Posted by Nicky01 on Nov 11, 2020 7:16 pm
Have you tried doing stretching exercises? It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous if you don’t feel like doing much at this present time, stretching movements with a little bit of walking everyday might get you back into it on a regular basis....it might give you the motivation you need right now and I also think that you’re right covid in the mix seems to be affecting a lot of people on a lot of different levels....for myself I try not to let it stop my progress because I know I am the one who will suffer for it later on. Some days I would rather stay inside but I know that health wise it would be unwise for me to do that so no matter what I go walk outside 3 times a day!! Sending you good thoughts and energies!!
Posted by SpeedyStill on Nov 11, 2020 7:54 pm
I hope this is helpful and not the other way around.
Exercise is not a race, it is an individuals attempt at making life more pleasant.
The diverse range of comments is good because you may or may not relate. If you do, that is great because it is true the more you exercise the better you feel. The body releases natural pain relievers during exercise.
The one thing that I have done throughout my experiences is get out of bed and in my cases shave, shower, trim hair when I have it and treat every morning as if I am still going to work.
In case of the woman out thhere whatever you do to look good.
I always want to have the best picture of me starring back at me.
I might be sick but I do not want to look sick.
I feel this is the best thing everyday that I can do for myself.
And believe me at this point even this is a lot of exercise for me.
Now have I missed days, yes life is not perfect but if I can't get out of bed I want to at least wash my face and shave so that my reflection is me.
Diet is important like with your mind garbage in garbage out.
Make sure where ever you are in the process, give your body a fighting chance by feeding it what it needs to build or rebuild your immune system.
If you have to give up something do not give up the body builders.
This is one chance, there are no reruns or doovers it is a matter doing your best now.
All the exercise in the world will not save you it will help if you are doing the rest correctly.
Light and water produces life, with (good food) fertile soil.
If I can leave one message from my life this would be it.
Control and focus
Keep your light burning into the night.
You are here for a reason and your work is not done.
There is a life you can brighten
A soul you can save
A conversation you wish had with someone but never make.
We all have just one more step to make and that step is never ending.
Who was left forgotten?
Posted by Trillium on Nov 13, 2020 2:29 pm
I feel I could lose my mobility as well because it is more fun and very easy for me to sit and knit or watch tv. This has been what has motivated me to get out and walk daily no matter the weather or if I feel like it or not. So I’m at 2 wks and I really enjoy it. I always feel so much better with more energy! Now it is my morning priority and the first thing I do in my day. This is the rest of my life self care that I hope to commit to and if the day comes that I can’t walk then I hope I can move my body in some other way. It also helps that I have an indoor walking track that is within walking distance of my house. It’s usually where I walk too.
Posted by prairiemom on Nov 14, 2020 2:33 pm
A couple years ago , my local Wellspring were running a special program / study the ACE exercise study if anyone's heard of it. It was going great until we discovered a propblem with my foot. We thought I had broken it somehow, but it turns out I have some extra (spare?) bone in one part of my foot, and what looks like a bone chip at the base of my big too. So I had to kind of abandon that for a while.
I always mean to be more active than I am, and have great intentions, but having been diagnosed with ADHD just under a year ago, I understand better now that I come by my procrastination / lack of follow through honestly - it's something I need to work on. And with chronic fatigue syndrome also, being a gym rat and going nuts would actually be bad for me - I need to find something that actually keeps my interest enough to make it happen. My library is actually starting a walking book club in the new year, which might be perfect!
I am getting more steps at the moment though - I just started working outside of the home after 13 years, as with the husband being laid off 4 months ago, but the bills not stopping, it was needed. I'm working at my local Michaels store as seasonal part time "customer experience" which will hopefully become permanent part time if they afford hours for me. I'm enjoying it mostly, though being high risk for covid, and working retail is a tad scary, especially with the rising case numbers here in Alberta. Certainly getting my steps in though, I did 9000 in my 4 1/2 hour shift yesterday!
Posted by derein on Nov 15, 2020 7:32 am
In the last few months I have discovered a set of you tube videos by Heather Robertson. Great videos, decent music. I love that there is no talking in it just follow along. You do need to have some knowledge of how to do the exercises though. ( you tube is great for even teaching you how to do the exercises correctly ) there is lots to choose from on her site even a 12 week workout and a monthly calendar For myself I found that if I just start my day with them then I am more likely to do the workouts. I had to stop recently as I am scheduled for a mastectomy on Monday so will be on a 4-6 week break but looking forward to starting up again.
Posted by Elsie13 on Nov 16, 2020 6:25 pm
I used to go to the gym 3 times a week, for zumba and muscle toning classes. These days, I'm trying to remember gym exercises to do at home. I like that the Robertson videos use minimal equipment.
Posted by CCC888 on Nov 17, 2020 4:16 pm
I started Letrozole in June 2019. in the first few months, as mentioned above I had no problems to walk, slow-run for long hours. However, after ? 6 months? , I can window shop for less and less hours, minutes and up to now, probably 10 mins each time ☹
Last month, I complaint to my current onco I have stiff leg joints in morning (though usually relieve after shower), can't raise up my left (funny my good side, no problem with my cancer side ) arm more than 90 degrees, She reminded me to keep active like to walk up and down stair in the house but don't push myself if felt tired 😓
Posted by chrys21 on Dec 26, 2020 6:51 pm
I second the videos by Heather Robertson! I did the 12 week challenge in spring, and began her calendars in September - I love it, it’s one of the things I’m most worried about with surgery looming - as exercise has always been - and is more than ever since COVID - my sanity. I am worried about not being able to exercise as much as I do now and what impact it will have on my mind and body:(
Posted by Jojo4 on Dec 30, 2020 11:43 am
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