Definitely moderation to start. Hubby had and has difficulty with it as well. He golfs once or twice a week - 9 hole executive courses - he was able to get a handicapped type card for his cart. He starts out walking to and from the ball but the last 2 or 3 holes he will use the cart where it is allowed to lessen the walking if he needs to due to the fatigue. He comes home after and usually lays down to rest but happy that he went out and played.
He has just started back playing pickelball (down sized version of tennis) and will play a game or two and sit out a few games and play a few more. Last week he overdid it and really felt it for a few days. He felt great at the time but it did fatigue him for a few days afterwards. So he knows his limitations and is working within that for now.
However --starting out even if it is just walking each day and increasing it more each day a bit at least it is some exercise. When he was so weak and no stamina at all he would walk a few blocks to get the mail and that would be all he could do for quite awhile.
It has taken a long while for him to reach this point with any regularity and it is a big boost emotionally and the weather here in Florida is comparable to nice spring weather without hot heat. Hopefully when the real warm weather comes he will have a little more stamina and be able to still go out there and keep up with what he is currently able to do.
He still rests a lot when he is home - I am amazed at the amount of rest he needs but it is the darn disease that requires it too unfortunately.
Bottom line as I have said many times - we are just so grateful to have somewhat of a life - it's not perfect or anywhere close to what was normal for us but at least we are no longer prisoners having to stay indoors all the time. We have found a way to make it work and have a social life and just do things differently now.
Hopefully it won't be too much longer you will be stronger and be able to do a little more and more each day.
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