Reply To: exercise

May 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

It’s a matter of pacing yourself. You do need to exercize, but must avoid overdoing it.

Right after I went home from the hospital I started doing outpatient physical therapy twice a week. The rest of the time I mostly rested up for the next session. I could just barely walk with a cane a month out of the hospital, so just getting to and from therapy by bus was an effort. Gradually, my strength and balance improved, and I was able to expand my walking range and be more active outside of therapy. I stopped physical therapy after six months. Now, I just do some exercizes at home, but mostly just try to get out regularly to run errands. I’m necessarily more sedentary because of my disability, so must pay more attention to diet and exercize to stay in shape.

I doubt you can avoid sore muscles — some of that just comes with the disease. My legs are sore every morning regardless of how active I have been. I find that getting up and around makes them feel better, but on the other hand, being on my feet for too long is tiring (and painful in the feet). Finding the right balance of activity and rest is the key.