need info on low impact excersize

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2009-01-19 20:20:19 -0600
Started 2009-01-18 20:27:25 -0600

i am having a lot of problems with my heart valves and i have to be careful in what activity i do. i am always extremely tired and lose my breath easily. with pre-diabetes i need to be more active. what can i do?

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shirleycc 2009-01-19 18:26:47 -0600 Report

Walk, if you can. 15 - 20 minutes daily
at moderate pace. When that becomes easier, speed up at intervals, still keeping the time to 15 - 20 minutes. Once you know it's not causing problems, you can increase the time, still walk at
a moderate speed, but every 5 minutes or so speed walk for one minute, then resume your moderate walking. When you
feel you need to be more active, instead of increasing your walk past 30 minutes,
take two 30 minute walks a day.
If starting at 15 - 20 minutes is too much, start at 10 minutes. If you can't do that, do 5 minute intervals every couple of hours until you think you can do more. Once you can talk to someone
while walking, you are able to increase
your time.As for Tai-Chi, if you live in a large town, you'll find classes at yoga
centers or you might find classes at a
community center for a minimal fee or even nothing.

SkipT 2009-01-19 16:23:16 -0600 Report

PBS has an excellent exercise program called "Sit and Be Fit" for people who have physical limitations. You will have to check your local listings as to when it is on.

jaclyncrystal 2009-01-18 20:43:53 -0600 Report

First thing is to talk with your doctor, he will probably tell you to start very slowly and work you way up. Walking is excellent, very gentle in the beginning, water exercise that takes the weight off your body is another one the dr. might suggest. good luck, and keep us informed as to what you decide to try. jackie

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-18 20:49:29 -0600 Report

i had been doing some walking and stopped, i need to get back with it. i am so discouraged!

GabbyPA 2009-01-19 14:43:54 -0600 Report

Hey girl! don't get discouraged, just get going. I know how it feels to feel like you messed up, but all it takes is getting out there and doing it again. Then you remember how good it makes you feel and how accomplished you become. You can do it.
You can also do something like TiaChi. You work on one move and when you have that down, you work on another. It not only gives your whole body a friendly workout, it teaches you blance and breathing. You can work up a sweat, but you don't run out of breath.

GabbyPA 2009-01-19 20:18:11 -0600 Report

There are usually classes in places like the Y or gyms. You can get DVD's also. I am looking for a good DVD because the classes locally were too much. But my mom and dad did it for a long time and it really was a great way that they did something together while working thru my dad's type 2 diagnosis.

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