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lotus2686
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i have late stage lyme and babesia and who knows what other buggers. i read burrascano's treatment guidelines.

i have to do non aerobic exercises? can some one explain what is meant by that?

i have heel pain, pain all in my back, i hunch over (though not as much sice i've been on antibiotics--mepron and biaxin since january.)

my doctor says fibromyalgia and a little arthritis.

i like pilates? i worry doing exercises now because sometimes bending over takes my breath away.

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Pilates sounds good! Yoga? Walking? Weights?

I think it means to stay away from running, or something like Jazzercise, step aerobics, etc. Nothing where you have to breathe really hard.

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Burrascano explains the type of exercise on page 32:

"light calisthenics and/or resistance training, using light resistance and many repetitions. This can be accomplished in exercise classes called "stretch and tone", or "body sculpture", or can be achieved in the gym with exercise machines or carefully with free weights.....

A simple walking program will not work, and simply placing the patient on a treadmill or an exercise bike is not acceptable (except very briefly, as part of a warm-up), as aerobics can be damaging and must be avoided."

So, you want to lift very light weights and do many repetitions. Use the weight machines in a gym and exercise all muscle groups for a full body workout. You must do it for one continuous hour every other day max.

Calesthenics include crunches (for abs), pushups, and similar weight-bearing exercises.

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I really do think working out is very important. Before getting Lyme (20 years ago, yeah), I worked out with weights and did other strength activities. Since getting Lyme, I think working out is more important than ever. I am not talking heavy weights, but I do put a lot of effort into my work outs.

One more thing, we all know the spirochetes are the cockroaches of the bacteria world, are smart(unfortunately), and will do anything to survive. Many times when working out I have felt bad to lousy. The spirochetes do not want you to work out (they don't like the oxygen intake for one thing)or do anything healthy for your body. I am convinced they are trying to sabotage my exercise. You must work through the Lyme aches and pains and feeling miserable. By the third set you will be feeling better.

Congratulations on your plan to work out, and go for it.

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working out has helped me too. and usally i feel better after a good workout.

before lyme i was an avid weightlifter, had to take nearly a year and a half off. but i refuse to let this stop me from what i love to do. i've been back at it and it has without a doubt helped.

you can only do what your body tells you to do but sitck with it.

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I think much has to do with your premorbid state of health. If you were not a runner prior to getting lyme now might not be the best time to start.

Prior to lyme I was a competitve runner and duathlete. Competed from 5K's to marathons to half ironmans.

I still run - even now during tx. Of course there are days when I cannot run so on those days I don't.

INstead of running 12 miles on a Sunday I might now only run 6 but it is all relative. I am only at 50% of my premorbid mileage and my effort level is much lower then if I did not have lyme.

Yup, Lyme hates oxygen and heat which is why you might feel bad after exercising - I welcome the small herx and am sure to replenish and rest well afterwards.

It all depends on where you are at with your treatment, your healing and your state of health before getting lyme.

I know my body better then any doctor and do what feels right for me and so far it has seemed to help.

Once I felt well enough to begin cardio/running again I really noticed a big difference in how much better I began to feel.

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Also it should be noted that Dr B said that if the patient tolerated Areobic exercise, and their stamina was ok, then to go a head and do it.

Just go slow to see if you tolerate it!

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Why is it better to lift weights than it is to walk briskly for a mile or two? Before I got sick with Lyme I jogged daily. I'm now able to walk briskly for about a half a mile. It feels so good when I do it.

Can someone explain the logic behind this?

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gwb, I think it depends on where in your recovery/illness you are. If you are doing fine and feel good after a brisk walk, then keep doing it. The concern is for those who are still pretty ill to move around some without *overdoing* it. Sometimes with this disease, it is hard to know what one's limits are because they can change - and working locally to exercise in one place is helpful to those who don't want to suddenly find themselves exhausted and stranded a few blocks from home. (BTDT, bought the t-shirt, too)

If one can't do brisk exercise - or cannot bend over/change angle abruptly due to POTS - then doing floor stretches and yoga positions which hug the floor would be good. Light exercise in a heated swimming pool and stretching in a hot tub or spa are good exercises to do. If one has a stretchy piece of elastic/latex (and isn't allergic to latex), one could even do some light exercises while bedridden for a few minutes a day and help prevent blood clots.

I've heard that Bowen therapy is good for fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. I haven't tried it yet, though.

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CO, thanks for replying to my question. Makes sense what you say.

I just got back from a 45 minute walk and feel invigorated and relaxed. I have some weights that I plan to start using too to build up my muscle tone. I know I need to do this but for some reason walking is so much more enjoyable for me.

I'm looking forward to the day when I can jog two to three miles again on a daily basis. Haven't done that in about 14 years now. That's my dream and I hopeful that I will fulfill my dream by the end of this year--if not sooner. : )

Gary

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there was this recent thread where TF gave a pretty in depth explanation regarding this endless debate
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sorry here is the link

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/103966?

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Thanks, matt. I'll check it out!

Gary

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Doing Exercises in a Warm Water Pool (93 Degrees). They are hard to find but some Work Out Clubs and Hotels have them.
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