exercise - too much/not enough?

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   Posted 7/31/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I started going to aqua therapy last week. When I get home, I'm so tired and sore that I sleep for 2 hours. I am going back this morning, but I hurt so bad today already. Should I just push it and go ahead? The doctor, therapist, and hubby seem to think this is really going to help me. They want me to add walking as well. What do you guys do for exercise - how do you know if it's too much or not enough? Should we hurt after exercising? Or is that not a good thing? I'm just confused and sore.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I have a stationary bike in my living room. I ride that several times a day. I usually will read a book while riding, sometimes I will watch the news - not big on tv. I used to walk 5 miles up and down hill 3- 4 x a wk. Now I walk on the wk ends w/ my DH. I am on a cane, due to balance issues and OA. My dr said to walk for 15 min. Sometimes I can walk and I am fine, we like to go on the boardwalk, so if I need to sit on a bench, I can. We will walk and then sit and then walk, etc. Last week, we had to go to the store to buy a new stove/oven. We parked relatively close to the door, as we entered I HAD to sit down - I was shaking so badly, felt so nauseous and exhausted. We sat there for about 15 min and then I was ok after that.

I just came back from the grocery store, my usual Friday morning ritual. My son drove us there, he pushed the wagon, lifted all the heavy stuff, loaded things on the belt, packed most of the bags, loaded and unloaded the car, I put stuff away. He is fine, I AM BEAT!   I am usually worn out for the rest of the day on Friday. That is my big plan on Fridays, not up for much after that.

I am usually tired more than sore after exercising, maybe it is the newness of the routine that is causing the soreness. Could you start doing it for shorter periods and build up the time, instead of how much you are doing right now. Also make sure you are drinking enough water, that makes a big difference in how you feel while exercising and after exercising. 

I hope it works out for you, exercise is good for us. We just need to find the right routine for us and rest after.

Good luck.   God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have an exercise routine, I have two puppies so I guess you could say they are my personal trainers. tongue I have learned the hard way to listen to my body and what it is telling me I can do, if I push too hard I end up feeling like a wet noodle I get so weak and that is counter productive to what I'm trying to do. I don't think anyone can tell you how much you should be doing but you.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a fairly rigorous exercise regime.  4 days a week, weights, cardio, yoga.  I was doing it 6 days a week but it caught up with me...  4 seems to work.  I was exhausted the first week. 3 months in I can happily say that I don't have the pressure point pain anymore!  The fatigue is not as much an issue and overall I feel (and look) way better than I did 3 months ago.  I agree with your doctors that if you give it a bit of time and committment you will reap the rewards!
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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that the right amount of exercise, like many things, really depends on the person and it can take some time to figure out the right balance for you. Personally I've found that walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes and doing about 10 minutes of yoga 3 times a day is really what works best for me. I tried to do an hour of walking and that hurt me too much and I tried to do 15 minutes of walking and that wasn't enough. So 30 minutes plus stretching throughout the day is what works best for me. I did find, though, that it took me a couple of weeks to find the right balance and to really start feeling the benefits. Now I am too the point that if I don't do my exercises everyday, I hurt way more, have more trouble sleeping, and more issues with anxiety. I used to think that I had to exercise to lose weight, etc. and that would cause me a lot of stress and I would rebel against it. Now I look upon my exercises as medicine and just that shift in perception has really helped.

I agree with Alice that it might be good for you to start a bit slower and build up. When I first started exercising again, I did 5 minutes for a few days, then 10, then 15 etc until I built up to an hour. Once I figured out that was too much, I cut back by 5 minutes each day until I realized that 30 minutes of walking and 30 minutes of Yoga works best for me. You might also find as I did with the Yoga that splitting up exercise into chunks throughout the day might work better for you.

It is a lot of trial and error in the beginning, but if you are patient and gentle with yourself you will find the balance that works for you. I know it can be hard to find that balance, but once you do, you will really start to see a lot of benefit from it.
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   Posted 7/31/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
This is something new that your body isn't used to so it will react.  But, the more you go and do the routine, the easier it will get for you.  Now, don't do more than you did last time.  You need to allow your body to get used to these exercises before you expand on them.
When I started a walking in place video with some aerobics, I could only do it for about 8 minutes and boy was I sore!  But I continued and and now I can go all the way through it with ease and it's good exercise.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!
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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   

I worked myself up to about 1/12 - 2 hours per day of swimming. It took about a year to reach that schedule. I think you may have over done your first aqua therapy regime. about three days after your session, I suggest you go to a pool and do about 15 minutes of exercise. Try to find a pool that had temperatures of 85 degrees and above.

After each exercise session have one of the below:

All must contain sugar and no substitutes,

a glass of chocolate milk
a piece of milk chocolate candy
a piece of candy made with real sugar
real fruit juice
or fruit

These will help replenish your energy stores and send glycogen to your muscles. In turn you will have fewer muscle aches and recover much better.

When I started exercising that was All that I did for the day. I spent the rest of the time resting. Within six weeks you will be able to exercise almost every day.

However, as much often as I swim I react to walking the same way Alice does. This is why I choose swimming as my main form of a workout. We each have our own specialty. Please do not try to do what others and I do because our exercise routines work for us.

Oh, initially I needed pain relievers to swim. Now I rarely do. YOur doctor should hep with that.


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   Posted 7/31/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for all these suggestions. I was just diagnosed a few days ago although I have thought I had FM for several months. I am about to start an exercise program but I wasn't sure exactly where to start. I think after reading this and what I have been told by my doctors I will start with walking and see how that works out.

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