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Posted by WPinVA (Member # 33581) on :
I recently joined a gym, and have been two times now. Both times, I have felt ok during the workout but I needed a nap right afterwards and have been knocked out for the rest of the day.

I'm trying to figure out if this is just "normal" for a Lyme patient's return to the gym (have been treating for about 15 mos) or if I could do something differently to feel better afterwards.

I know one possibility is that I'm overdoing it, but I'm following the Burrascano Guidelines, avoiding any aerobic activity, doing very small amounts of very light weight lifting, and lots of stretching.
Posted by Catgirl (Member # 31149) on :
Maybe you could try cutting down the amount of time you are weight lifting (helped me)? At first I did too much and it wiped me out. I slowly worked up to an hour. Even then, the hour wiped me out. 40 minutes seems to work for me, but I still try the hour every now and then. Some days I only get 30 minutes in though, but I figure 30 minutes are better than none.
Posted by Haley (Member # 22008) on :
I started working out in the past and it would completely knock me out! I realized that I would need a week to recover. Allow your body time to recover, but don't stop!!! Excercise is really important.

One of the reasons being - your lymph system does not work if you are not contracting your muscles!! We need our lymph system to work.
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :
There are MANY reasons for "exercise intolerance" and there are many links here that explain what can be happening, what to be especially mindful about - and methods to help, or alter your outcome.;f=1;t=115275;p=0

Topic: "post-exertional exacerbation of symptoms"
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :

Topic: To everyone with CARDIAC symptoms please read!


Cardiac explanations & support

Dr. B's exercise and PT Rehab guidelines,

The article: "when exercise doesn't work out" (and what we can do about that)

Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :
As you recently joined this gym, the place itself is suspect, too.

The lights - probably fluorescent - are not good for ANYone but can be especially draining for those with lyme & co.

The chemicals used to wipe down the equipment, others' scented products, the off-gassing of equipment itself - the padding and vinyl covers - flame retardants and petroleum products . . . .

Cleaning chemicals for the floor, bug spray (if used) . . . soaps in the rest room or showers and

all the other stimuli: visual; auditory; etc.

All that can be a drain, even if you don't lift a finger.

I know my suggestion will not be a welcome one but, it seems to me that you need to stay away from that place and do similar weight training (you don't really need fancy equipment) in your home or other environment where you KNOW you are fine.

Then, you can get a sense if there is anything in the gym environment that is burdening you.

GAS HEAT? Do they have a gas furnace? That could explain some things.

Also, just driving there and back could be taxing your body. Exhaust of vehicles around you, too. Be sure to keep your distance.

If you like the company of others in the gym, invite a couple friends to come to your place and create your own little group.

But, be wary of ANY equipment, even yoga mats can be toxic. See what you have around your home that can serve as weights.

A professional may be a good guide here for a few home visits. Just tell them not to wear scented products. Even if you are not aware of being chemically sensitive, most with lyme are - even if it goes undetected to the nose.

But, really, NObody should be around artificial scents. They can clobber our endocrine system.

You might also consider PILATES, TAI CHI, or QI GONG. You don't need fancy equipment for any of those (don't be seduced by any pilates machines).

If you get a yoga mat, though, let someone else air it out for you. Same with yoga blocks.

[ 11-28-2012, 03:13 PM: Message edited by: Keebler ]
Posted by WPinVA (Member # 33581) on :
Never even thought about the possibility of toxic stuff in the gym. I am sensitive to that kind of thing. Hmmm.

I found some of the links a little confusing - not clear now if exercise is hurting or helping.

I appreciate all the info, even if some of it is not what I wanted to hear!

Posted by FamilyFive (Member # 37206) on :
I started walking & very light lifting a month ago (was previously a regular runner) and notice that even though I'm not tired during the exercise, I'm exhausted by mid-afternoon. It's like a physical fatigue sets in. I rebound fine the next day with a little extra sleep, so I don't worry about it.

I think it has to do with our bodies working so hard to fight the toxins and regain good health. It's more drastic than just being "out of shape".
Posted by Catgirl (Member # 31149) on :
Keebler, thank you so much for posting the link above! I've looked all over for it--wanted to see Dr. Cheney's presentation again (diastolic cardiomyopathy).
Posted by CherylSue (Member # 13077) on :
Family Five, I have exactly the same experience. I love to walk, and can even feel good while doing it if I don't go over a mile. Later in the day that exhaustion sets in and I have to take a nap. After sleeping extra at night, I'm fine the next day.

I wonder if I'll ever be able to do more like I used to. There seems to be a limit to my stamina, and I'm frustrated I can't do more. I require a great deal of pacing.

Fatigue and stamina are my worst symptoms. I'm okay pretty much otherwise.
Posted by momlyme (Member # 27775) on :
I used to get that kind of physical exhaustion. I believe it is from toxin overload. When I found a cleanse that effectively got the toxin load down, my fatigue went away and so did ALL my remaining symptoms.

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