Conserving energy vs. exercise program

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   Posted 7/3/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
How do you conserve your energy and keep up an exercise program while working a full time job and keeping up with household chores?
I wanted to start a new Doing an extreme workout...
I wanted to share my story....
I use to (5 yrs ago) go right after work to the gym and workout for an hour at least 3 to 4 x's a week.  Plus cook dinner or washing up dishes.  Also on my lunch time everyday at work I would spend it walking/jogging for 30 to 40 minutes.  I did and still do work at the same job at least 40 hrs a week.
Now since I been on the road of fibro, most days I am too wiped out from work when I get home that pushing myself to ride my stationary bike for 25 minutes(it took me 6 months to get to 25min) is trying.  I do work up a sweat and I have lost 5lbs in the last few weeks....that's including portion control and tweaking my diet a bit.  Anyways, whenever I finish my bike ride I never have that energy (rush) I use to get when I use to work out at the gym. 
Does anyone work full time and have an exercise regimen on top of making a meal, doing dishes, dealing with whatever teenage drama at home and just trying to relax and prepare yourself for tomorrow so you can do it all over again? 
I feel so guilty when I can't get on my bike because I don't have enough time in the day because of working to late or having to do the dishes/cook dinner when I get home and then shower and get some rest.  Its just soooo hard/frustrating/tiring.  One day at a time I know, but on the post on extreme workouts......What does others days consist of to get in such exercise?
sad Thanx for letting me share.
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a good question. One I am battling myself.

The easy answer is: get up early so you make exercise a priority, make it a habit yadda-yadda.

The reality is that it is really difficult (near impossible) when you are fatigued and in pain. I really hope that someone else will write back with more insight. It is hard to fit exercise in when you already feel stretched thin---what do you cut out to fit it in?
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay. When we do not exercise, we lose energy, muscle tone, heart health, flexibility and strength. Moreover, we increase the amount of body fat in our bodies, no matter what size we are, and reduce lean muscle tissue.

It is the loss of energy which leads us to feeling we do not have enough to spare for both everyday activities and exercise.

If you introduce exercise slowly, like attending a stretching class in shallow water, within a few weeks you will notice that you feel great. You may still have pain but you can handle it better.

I know what it is like to have children at home and how much work they are. However, I would walk a few miles per day even if they were at home. In fact, my children homeschooled and I ran a company. I was also divorced by then and driving children from one extra curricular activity to another.

But, after I fell down a flight of stairs and my fibro took over, it was too hard to walk. Hence, I made time for the pool. I know it is hard. However, mother's have to care for themselves. I would have my children cook dinner when I needed to walk. At times we would divide the chore of meal making according to who was available.

In addition, you should do what you like to do when it comes to exercise. that way, you will stick to it.


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   Posted 7/4/2009 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
ha! I don't do half the stuff y'all do and I still don't manage to exercise much.

With that said ... here is my advice. Some is better than none. When I went to school and was sitting all day with no choice, I tried to at least get in a 10 minute walk or yoga session to "warm up" for sitting. I would also do silly things like use the bathroom on another floor or down the longest hall I could find to get some extra movement.  I would also crash on my bed and watch TV at night ... every time a commercial came on I would roll on my back and do crunches ... the bed was really cushy :)  If it hurt to do crunches I would do smaller crunches or even just isometric ab squeezes.
There was a while back when I was exercising that I would make my time do double duty ... for example I would combine a bicep curl with a squat.
I had a really health concious classmate who would eat oatmeal for breakfast every day ... she allocated ammount of time it took for her oatmeal to microwave she would do situps.

Post Edited (WhiteChocChip) : 7/4/2009 4:53:31 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/5/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
hi that's all good advice there.
I swim at the moment, or should i say, wade up and down the pool. When i'm not in a bad flare up i can swim 60x20m of the pool, cycle and slow jog(i find it easier than stride walking)
I have been known to go on the threadmill for as little as 5 minutes, but i still do it. After having the horrible syndrome for many yeras and being robbed of my outdoor education career i am slowly realising you have to have patience. Forget about what you were able to do in the past, hiting the gym 5 times a week is not achieveable at the moment, you may or may not be able to do it again but you won't stand anychance by doing nothing.
I'm an advocate of little and often, just like our fibromite diets shpuld be, I do all my stretches in bed at night, again just before getting out. I can stretch behind the counter at work as my collegues don't even notice anymore. I walk everywhere, to the shop etc, on fine days i park my car further from the shop and i always volunteer to run errands(as long as there's no lifting/carrying involved.
Commercial breaks on tv are for mini workouts, there is a piece of gym equipment in everyroom of my house, i get on the rebounder or stepper every time the kettle boils or when on the phone. I bought all this equipment throughout the years... again little and often.
I hope that helps a bit. I'm stuggling to loose 21lbs again and posted about sugar cravings earlier.
Good look all and remember, you don't have to stand still, just move slowly.
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
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   Posted 7/5/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found the ultimate exercise for myself. I have a renovated basement. My bedroom, sewing room, and computer room are all down there. The only bathroom is upstairs. There are eleven really steep steps to get upstairs. I considered putting in a bathroom, but it is good exercise, even if I am pulling myself up by the banister at the end of the day. Otherwise, I do the parking at the end of the row in parking lots, and other side of the buildings so I have to walk through. I don't get much upper body exercise in, that's my big fibro pain. I can feel the slow loss in my upper body, too. I'm trying to get on state insurance, then I will push for a physical therapist because I think I've gotten to a point where I'll need help starting "work" on my upper body.
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!! 

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   Posted 7/5/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My physical therapist has actually reccomended that I hold onto the side of the pool and kick up and down or do frog legs for exercise ... to bad we don't have a pool at the local gym!

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   Posted 7/5/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My morning routine this summer has been to get up eat breakfast, take a muscle relaxer, a darvocet, take a shower than get on the tread mill and walks two miles. I would love to be able to walk around the neighbor but I need the bars on the tread mill to grap onto if I stumble.

I hope to continue this routine once school starts in September but instead in the morning do it at night. It is hard to exercise when your body hurts so much hence my reasoning for taking the muscle relaxer and pain killer before the work out.
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   Posted 7/5/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm still so amazed of you all seem to cope with pain, with a work, with a household, with a life in general. I'm basically not able to do any of these any longer.
Now I took up Tai Chi like 3 weeks ago, I started very slowly, did only some stretching exercise for 5 mins a day, then the first Stances, but I was in so much pain the next day that I couldn't move at all. Since ever I do 3 easy Stances for not longer than 3-6 mins a day, except the day I had to go out, 5 flights down and 5 flights schlepping up w grocery bags.
Since ever I'm having extreme back and leg pain, the areas my exercises should and do work on. I live in a total chaos and things are getting worse and worse and I don't find a way out. I thought when I would train my muscles I could master daily life better, but all the contrary happened. I worked thru the pain with my exercises, but today pain became unbearable. Also I cannot sleep any longer, because I wake up with pain (I take Stilnox and so far it worked fine, if not a refreshing sleep so a good number of relaxing hours).

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   Posted 7/5/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Binki,

I don't work at all, but I do go to school full time, keep the house up, and take care of 3 kids. Personally I have learned that exercise is something that I have to do first thing, no ifs ands or butts. I may be sore and dragging and SO not in the mood when I first get up, but I make myself get on that treadmill for 30 minutes anyway. I do this before I eat or drink tea or get dressed or anything on most days, but if I have a ton of stiffness and pain in the morning, I will take a bath first, but then it's right to the treadmill. After that I will get myself together, make breakfast for everyone, then get my cleaning done which usually takes 2-3 hours (I take a lot of breaks). Then I will usually rest a bit before it's time to do dinner/bath/bed for the kids. I have found that if I don't exercise in the morning, I won't do it at all. As the day wears on, I get more and more fatigued and by late afternoon I just don't have it in me to walk.

Would it be possible for you to do your bike time in the morning before going to work?
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   Posted 7/6/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
for me...

after a day at work it takes everything i have to get supper ready or do the dishes,, i make my workout giving the apartment a very good cleaning no matter how much i am in pain once every week...

i also try to go for a 30 minute walk every depending how busy i am at work depends on the walk..

there are the days where no matter how much i tell myself i am going to go for a walk it doesn't happen my body just won't allow it
and that i will have to accept..

its hard for me because i used to be a person that liked to be going non stop ..i used to play football every sunday.. and go for bike rides all the time now i am lucky to do a 30 minute walk
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   Posted 7/6/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx y'all for your replies.

Danielle...answer to your? about riding b/4 I go to work is really difficult. I don't sleep well first off, so I pop my ambein to be sure I get some needed rest b/4 my work day. At my job, no 2 days are alike so I need to be rested.
I have to get up at 6:00am already, and let me tell you its hard enough, lots of days I ache like nobody's business, know what I mean. So its all about bustin' out my coffee, take care of the cat and get my buns dressed and out the door. I have tried to walk on my breaks(since my fm dx) at work, but I always seem more tired instead of energized like I use to (b/4 fm).

I was thinkin' I should make a BIG effort and ride...say...15min in the morning, not to high on resistance, just to get my juices flowing....besides my coffee, LOL.

I guess I just wanted to feel that I wasn't alone as far as doing what I can for the day is O.K. And to stop beating myself up for Not being as "Active" as I use to be. So if my hips/feet/knees hurt to much one long walks and ease up on the tension and/or time on my bike is o.k. I'm still doing something.

I can't afford a gym membership at this time and I do not have access to a pool either. So, recumbent bike and walks for now.

Thanx again everyone!
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