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#1 Cheerful Carole

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 01:14 AM

In my previous life I was very energetic and used to exercise a lot, including cycling and tennis.

I am now not able to do such things but I would like to do some sort of exercise if possible.

Anyone got any ideas for nice gentle exercises which would help to tone me up a little?


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Posted 24 June 2009 - 03:46 AM

I tell you what - getting back into exercising has made all the difference in the world! My quality of life has improved so much! I started out really, really slow which at first was frustrating since, like you, I was extremely active prior to sclero. My solution to exercise was "strolling" which is now walking. gentle yoga and the typical leg exercises that my PT stressed (you know - all those standing leg lifts, side leg lifts, etc.)

I'm limited to my yoga positions because of GERD, but the stretching is great and my balance and endurance is better. I also do that arm machine where you rotate your arms. Talk about getting upper body strength back! I also have polymyositis so I had lost A LOT of strength.

Hope this helps. Your body might be stiff and sore afterwards, but your emotional being will improve. It sure has for me.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:04 AM

Hi Carole,

Ask your doctor(s) for exercise ideas that are okay for you. Some additional ideas to try for starters are an arthritis warm pool exercise class or a Sit and Be Fit class. Look for exercise classes for seniors or those with arthritis. That way, you'll start gently and not be competing with healthy people, which could more easily tempt you to overdo it.

Even in those classes, if you are out of shape, take it very easy in the beginning until your muscles and joints get with the program. If you find some joints or muscles are particularly sore, skip the exercises that affect them until they recover, and then begin again doing fewer reps. And don't expect to have the same power or speed to build up endurance as you did before!

Janey was in better shape than me. I usually begin, and end, by moseying, rather than strolling. A mosey is when you just wander around, taking time to sit and to smell the roses. You might want to try a simple 5-minute mosey on flat ground and good weather (or indoors) and then expand your exercise routine from there...if your doctor agrees to it.

Let us know whatever you try and what works for you.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:19 AM

Carole, I do Tai CHi which is very gentle & also helps you to relax.


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Posted 24 June 2009 - 08:57 AM

Hello All

Pre sclero I went to the gym and jogging with my husband now I don't do diddley! Maybe one day I'll have the energy and feel well enough to do something other than shuffling around the house in my dressing gown.
Must go now don't want to be late for my own pity party. :(

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P.S. Just exactly what is this clickable smile :P ?
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:05 AM

AmandaThe clickable tongue looks to me like something we use to do as kids. The nah- nah- nah, nah- nah na. We use to say when we were kids sticking our tongues out as we passed by someone we just beat or got away from. That's what I think when I see it.
CaroleI usually do Pilates. A couple stations here in the states have programs early each morning. For us early risers from 6 to 7. Any slow exercise program is good. Putting a scarf or piece of cloth in each hand or pretending you have a cloth in each hand and swaying and moving each arm together or seperately getting a flowing type movement really works. Swirling or making circles. Once you get use to doing that then you can get your body into flowing and moving and lightly swaying or dipping forward. Also, you can get your feet moving to some soft music while moving your arms. This builds up core muscles and you get strength throughout your body without realizing it, or working very hard. Then you can get into other strengthening type programs. We just have to work slower than others. Geting yourself moving is the key. Once we can move without too much pain then we can go for longer peroids. Then it would be a good time to join in with others, once you have some stamina to work with. That is my two cents worth of information for today. Getting up and working through pain is sometimes hard but it becomes easier and easier as the days go by. Best of luck to those that are capable of giving it a try. Of course with your doctors permission if neccessary.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:48 AM

Hi Carole!

Great topic!

Another form of exercise is water aerobics...very low impact and doesn't take a toll on the body!

The other forms of exercise are great too~! It's all in what folks enjoy! Doing what you like is what is important!~
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