Has anyone resumed cardio exercise?

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BJD55
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   Posted 2/27/2018 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm feeling overall very good these days. I've been doing the type of exercise burrascano recommends; yoga, stretching, and resistance bands and pilates reformer. I look better than before I got sick. In some ways I feel better too. Still have some intermittent 4/10 pain in my hip-quad-hamstring-knee. Hard to know if it's ever gonna get better cuz I'm 62.

Burrascano says no cardio til recovered. That's a bit bit vague to me. I saw a good article in the nyt about interval training for 30 minutesn with 3 minutes full tilt, 4 minutes recovery at slow pace, repeat cycle 4 times. I don't want to trigger a relapse so I thought I'd ask for your experience reintegrating cardio into your routine.

Anybody?

Thanks,
BJD

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   Posted 2/27/2018 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I do a short time of cardio - on my Elyptical machine at home and last summer I went on short bike rides and swam at our lake.

I plan on bumping up my bike rides this spring.

Im not ready to start running or play tennis yet.

If I were you I’d ease into it - don’t overdo it, slowly build up in intensity and time.
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astroman
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   Posted 2/27/2018 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Strenght training get more oxy into the tissues (good).

Cardio is hard on the immune system. Its been discovered that seasoned Marathoners have weaker immune systems than non-runners.

Then again, you not going to do a marathon right?

I did major cardio for years when I was ill (but not DX'd yet), and lived.

During treatment I did very low cardio, as it did not feel good. This almost got me into trouble out in the boonies once.

After treatment, I gradually increased mnt biking, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, ect.

Early this evening I just Snow jogged about 100 yards in 10-15 inches of snow as a trial. Soft, no impact, tiresome. First time in four years. Felt very energetic this evening.

Post Edited (astroman) : 2/27/2018 9:55:03 PM (GMT-7)


BJD55
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   Posted 2/28/2018 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
astroman said...
Strenght training get more oxy into the tissues (good).

Cardio is hard on the immune system. Its been discovered that seasoned Marathoners have weaker immune systems than non-runners.

Then again, you not going to do a marathon right?

I did major cardio for years when I was ill (but not DX'd yet), and lived.

During treatment I did very low cardio, as it did not feel good. This almost got me into trouble out in the boonies once.

After treatment, I gradually increased mnt biking, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, ect.

Early this evening I just Snow jogged about 100 yards in 10-15 inches of snow as a trial. Soft, no impact, tiresome. First time in four years. Felt very energetic this evening.

Sounds like you're doing well! that snow jogging sounds intense.

I think I'm ready to start back on the stationary bike. My resting pulse is consistently back to normal now (65 bps) for the past 3 months. I took some hikes in the desert back in January, the longest being 4 miles. A year ago, I couldn't walk around the block.

I guess I'll just ease in and see how it goes. The day after I took that 4 mile hike, I got my first cold since getting Lyme sick. I felt great after the hike, like I could have done it again. Hard to know if I got it from a shopping cart or if the hike affected my immune system. My Lyme symptoms didn't worsen, just a garden variety cold. Actually, I got over it quicker than usual.

When younger, I could count on a cold resolving in 7-10 days. The past 10 years or so, it's been more like 3-4 weeks. This last one resolved in 7 days.

I guess I won't know til I try more cardio.

readingmom
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   Posted 2/28/2018 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I do cardio because it makes me feel better. Interval training - up to 40 minutes at a time. The next day I am slightly sore. I feel energized and my head is clearer. But I also usually hit the sauna after exercising.

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   Posted 2/28/2018 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
BJD55 -

4 miles is pretty good. The SW desert sounds kind of inviting right about now, at least a 1000 miles for me though. Thing about nature hiking/running vs street walking is every foot step is different than the past, so less repetetive motion. Not to mention less boring and no cars/ less people.

If I did as much stair steps or stair stepper (hate those machines) as it took to get winded in the deep snow jog, my hips would be sore. Instead i feel like i got an all body workout while low impact. I hit the snooze button several times this morning LOL.

BJD55
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   Posted 2/28/2018 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
astroman said...
BJD55 -
Thing about nature hiking/running vs street walking is every foot step is different than the past, so less repetetive motion. Not to mention less boring and no cars/ less people.

If I did as much stair steps or stair stepper (hate those machines) as it took to get winded in the deep snow jog, my hips would be sore. Instead i feel like i got an all body workout while low impact. I hit the snooze button several times this morning LOL.


Yeah, hiking feels so good for my body and spirit. Like you said, every step is different, amen. Think about how that works muscles isometrically also, and core strength and balance. Alas I can't realistically hike every day. Where we live in Sonoma County California, is pretty much ground zero for Lyme on the west coast. We have nice hikes around here but I've gotta get over myself before I feel comfortable hiking around here again.

Auspiciousbunny
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   Posted 2/28/2018 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am being treated for Lyme and do cardio, 3 miles on Elliptical or a power walk, and some occasional light weights most weeks. I vary how intense it is - and take time off as soon as I get exercise intolerant and do not recover. If I don't take time off when this happens, I tend to go downhill (I made this mistake big time when I first got sick). When I start to feel more rested again I start it up again.

While I am exercise intolerant I can sometimes do a 3 mile power walk but not too aggressive. On some days I just walk as slow as I feel like I want to - just to get out the door. I generally feel my mood is stabilized by exercise, or even walking. I have terrible headaches and LOUD ear ringing - and I am helped by the sauna too, maybe twice a week.

I was a big hiker and mountain climber and did winter mountaineering before I got sick. I try to hike also, but I am sometimes very run down. It is hard to find others to hike with because I feel like I am going to be too slow now. But trying to get that back. When I started Augmentin last summer, I was able to climb two easy ADK peaks, which was a great day for me.

Post Edited (Auspiciousbunny) : 2/28/2018 6:37:40 PM (GMT-7)


BJD55
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   Posted 2/28/2018 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Auspiciousbunny said...

I was a big hiker and mountain climber and did winter mountaineering before I got sick. I try to hike also, but I am sometimes very run down. It is hard to find others to hike with because I feel like I am going to be too slow now. But trying to get that back. When I started Augmentin last summer, I was able to climb two easy ADK peaks, which was a great day for me.

So many of us were intrepid outdoor adventureres before....... This. Are you saying that you're feeling worse since starting treatment with augmentin? What are adk peaks?
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