I first read nearly two years ago that Borrelia happens to be a type of bacterium that cannot tolerate anything more than very slight exposure to oxygen, hence hyperbaric chamber treatment is said to be particularly effective with killing it. I also read that for the same reason cardiovascular exercise would have a healing effect because if done for longer periods of time it would move a lot of oxygen into the cells of your entire body.
My parents gave me one of those superduper fancy treadmills a few weeks ago to use as a Lyme treatment because they read cardio could be effective. I'd been using it, but never felt anything like a Herx, which you'd expect if it really were killing Borrelia. Just yesterday though I asked a guy who used to be a serious runner about
doing cardio and I learned that exercise doesn't become aerobic unless you keep your heartrate in a certain zone for at least 30 minutes. Only performed this way does any exercise become aerobic at the cellular level.
So yesterday I stayed on the treadmill for 45 minutes and kept my heartrate between 110 and 125 for the entire time. Woke up today with unmistakable symptoms of a mild Herx. WOW....guys it actually worked. I didn't add any meds or herbs recently, and it's not my "time of the month" for a lyme die-off, yet about
12 hours later I'm feeling mild Herx symptoms.
Any exercise could be used. Maybe just stairstepping up and down from the bottom step of your home's staircase. Certainly appears to really work, and it costs nothing. :)
Here's the rough formula for calculating your aerobic zone: 220 minus your age, then multiply by .50. This is the low end of your cardio zone. I'm 25, so for me it's 220-25 = 195 * .50 equals 98 beats per minute. Do not allow your heartrate to go more than 20% higher than this low number. (220-age *.70 is high end) For me that would be 136 beats per minute. Since we're sick I'd think it'd be advisable to aim for staying just above that lower threshold.
Check your heartrate frequently the first workout to make sure you're keeping your heartrate in the zone. You should feel comfortable the whole time. Aerobic work isn't hard work.
If you begin to feel uncomfortable or like you're working pretty hard, you probably have gone over that 70% threshold. Get yourself one of those cheap chronographs you can get at Walmart for $12 or so. After exercising 5 minutes or so, start it and count your heart beats in a 15 second span, multiply by 4 to get your rate. After probably the first few workouts you won't need to keep checking your heartrate because you'll learn how you feel when you are keeping your ticker "in the zone".
Post Edited (Sulma) : 2/14/2009 12:05:27 PM (GMT-7)