Joining a gym or yoga classes or??

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princesscolon
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   Posted 2/3/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am thinking of joining a gym but I am worried about the germs.  Do you all go to gyms or exercise classes or anything?  
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15, Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Feb 11) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibromyalgia started 1/17/08


quincy
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   Posted 2/4/2008 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi..I don't like the smell of gyms or sweaty massas of people...the thought of Shapes nauseates me....so....no, I don't do the mass (group) exercie.

I don't do yoga....but I'm sure there are private classes that has smaller number of people involved. With yoga you'd have your own mat....but it is on the floor and when rolled, it's all over your mat. I would think one that could be cleaned would be a good idea....at least, that's what I would do. My sister did a few years with a private instructor...a few students not a large number. She loved it. She now does it on her own at home.

Regarding gyms, there may also be small classes available where it's not invaded by the masses. You'd have to check out the classifieds possibly.
Some people can hold them in their homes to make a few extra bucks.
I know of a few who prefer the small "private" classes over the other.

If you have a friend who has all the bells and whistles in the basement, you could get a group together and pay for a private trainer to come twice a week or so....at least you'd know whose on the machines.

You could always hire a private trainer and ask for suggestions of a few exercise machines and routines that you could purchase and do yourself at home.

quincy
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njguy69
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   Posted 2/4/2008 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Everything has gotten so out of hand that it's beyond ridiculous, I'm sorry. I've been going to gyms my whole life and never had a problem. Ok Ok, I've gotten the sniffles a few times here or there. I love the feel of sweat and odor from a gym. I'm not there to take a knitting class. They've just taken the boxing gloves out of my gym and making everyone buy their own gloves because of the germ BS. I've been boxing for years and all of a sudden, sharing boxing gloves is an issue, gimme a break! Bunch of pansies! eyes Meanwhile, our food and water is contaminated.

Look, join your gym and focus on the exercise and what you need to accomplish and forget about all this BS!
aka. uc veteran

Asacol - four a day
6 MP - 1 tab. a day
Remicade - every eight weeks.

Post Edited (xtremefit) : 2/4/2008 4:49:27 AM (GMT-7)


tjf
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   Posted 2/4/2008 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I've gone to the gym since I was 14 years old. I wash my hands or sanitize after I workout. Just use common sense about hand washing! I have a treadmill at home but I enjoy the gym environment so much more. If you decide to do yoga just get your own mat if it worries you. I do yoga too:)
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jayce
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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
my daughter goes to the gym-and i know we are relativley new with this but it
is her sanity in the middle of everything else she puts on her headsets and goes-i have been wiping the handles of machines lately myself they keep stuff and paper towels all around the gym now, but the chemicals are probably worse, than the germs.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
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proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
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jujub
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   Posted 2/4/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a fan of public sweating either, but that's a matter of personal preferences. Germs don't enter your body through your skin, unless you have large open sores like someone with severe burns. The skin is an amazingly effective barrier to bacteria, viruses, etc. When people get infected is when they put their dirty hands on their faces. This is scientific fact, if you believe in science.

So keep your hands away from your face, wash them when you finish and if it makes you feel safer, carry a small bottle of hand santizer with you and clean your hands between equipment. If you're really overly concerned, take your own towels. Even if you do get germs on your skin, they'll likely be flushed away by the good healthy sweat.

Enjoy your workout and don't worry. :-)
Judy
 
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Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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suebear
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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Personally I believe going to the gym regularly will keep you healthier than not going. Exercise is vital for overall health. I have been going to the gym for about 35 years, long before they became a staple in communities. Regular weight bearing excercise combined with days of cardio are extremely beneficial for the heart, mind, and soul. Even when I was severely ill with UC I kept up with regular exercise, it was about the only thing that helped my mental and emotional health. Yoga is also a great form of exercise with long term benefits.

I would bet that those that regularly go to gyms get ill less often than those who don't exercise.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free
 


superdeejayanna
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   Posted 2/4/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to a small gym that is kept very clean and airy. I teach high school, so I deal with a lot more germs at work than I do at the gym. Working out is going be so beneficial for you- just wash your hands and find a place that seems clean and healthy!

Sara14
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   Posted 2/4/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to a group yoga class twice a week and a conditioning group exercise class once a week. I love going to group classes with a teacher because it motivates me more than working out on my own. For my yoga class we have to bring our own mats anyway, so germs are not really an issue. But, my teacher does have sanitizing spray and rags to wipe off mats after class. The above advice is all great. I think the benefits of exercising far outweigh the risks of getting a virus. Most gyms require the guests to clean machines off after using them, too.
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Rowasa (generic) - daily
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Mamas Boys
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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Definitely a gym fan!  There's nothing like watching all the adrenalin surrounding you to get yours up and running.  I've been going to the gym regularly since I'm a teen - through pregnancy and UC flares - like others have said it is my sanity in the middle of my crazy life!  I feel great when I'm done, both physically and mentally.  I also go to a smaller gym that is kept very clean.  And - I'm careful to wash my hands when I'm done and not to put them near my face or mouth until I've showered.  I don't use the water fountains (I bring a water bottle) - or the public showers there - I shower at home.  Join up and have good time! :)

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pb4
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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a home gym, which was one of the best investments since only I use it on a regular basis, my son and hubby on occassion...not to mention all the other pluses, no waiting to use any of the equiptment, no embarassment of how rediculous I look working out with the faces and all, and a quick dash to the can if needed (which luckily has not been an issue for me because I never eat before working out) and it's cheap...a one time investment of a great weider machine, used of course to be more cost effective, my machine is worth just over 1000 but we only paid 300.00 for it and it was and still is in brand new condition so it was worth it. Same with my stationary bike!!!

:)
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expecting226
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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I do yoga on a weekly basis and absolutely love it. It definitely keeps the stress levels down! I also worked out in a gym for years before I became pregnant. Never caught anything from anyone. I just made sure I brought my own towel every day and wiped down the equipment before using it.

If you are really concerned about the germs, yoga is a great way to go because you don't share any equipment with anyone. You bring your own mat and never touch another person during the workout.
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- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


princesa
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   Posted 2/4/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
suebear said...
Personally I believe going to the gym regularly will keep you healthier than not going. Exercise is vital for overall health. I have been going to the gym for about 35 years, long before they became a staple in communities. Regular weight bearing excercise combined with days of cardio are extremely beneficial for the heart, mind, and soul. Even when I was severely ill with UC I kept up with regular exercise, it was about the only thing that helped my mental and emotional health. Yoga is also a great form of exercise with long term benefits.

I would bet that those that regularly go to gyms get ill less often than those who don't exercise.

Sue

Hear, hear. I'd add that it's beneficial for rebuilding the bone loss from prednisone, too.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
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SGRUBB
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   Posted 2/4/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Totally agree with the gym. I have been very active my whole life. Before and now with UC. I find that it totally helps me keep the best shape I can and also, totally helps reduce stress. I find it to be the best medicine for me....I just wish it would cure me somehow...
UC diagnosed in 1985...22 years.


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