Uphill struggle

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   Posted 8/14/2014 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have recently started swimming, in an effort to become fitter and stronger. And with that in mind I have been walking too, but I have found my energy levels very depleted after walking uphill, and I had lots of the classic GERD symptoms popping up immediately afterwards, which I did NOT experience with swimming...this was unpleasant, I felt like an old person walking uphill, is this normal?.... I think I will just have to stick to swimming in future, or maybe I just aren't very fit at the moment and it will take a while to get my strength back..I just wondered what other peoples experiences are with walking, I live at the top of a mountain, so the air is different too!

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   Posted 8/17/2014 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
It's always good to talk to your doctor before you start a exercise program. I could be you just haven't done anything in a while, may have a few extra pounds on you which makes it hard to go uphill. (that's my story when it comes to going up a few flights of stairs). The good thing about aerobic exercise is it will build up endurance and as you do that your energy level will increase. If walking uphill is hard start off on level surfaces and build up from there. Just check with your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on.

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   Posted 8/17/2014 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot!..I think I have discovered what the problem was!

I was walking about an hour and a half after my breakfast! and I have realized it doesn't really work for me, yesterday I did not eat anything for breakfast and went out for the same walk and I had no GERD problems! I just had my breakfast when i got back home, also I live on the top of a mountain and I am walking uphill, so the air is thinner, plus you are correct, I have avoided exercise for a while, so I think a combination of all of the above is why I felt so bad...I feel really relieved actually!
Samantha, 45 yrs
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