I have to decide how much I think I can do before I go too far. I can either do a 12 min. walk around the block or a different route that is longer. At least I've not had to call home for someone to come get me.
I'm under the care of a doctor. She's telling me that the exhaustion is a result of a Vitamin D deficiency combined with elevated cholesterol. I am seeing a sleep specialist next week. She told me it would take 3-4 weeks for me to start to feel better. I do feel better then I did. 8 1/2 hours of sleep is nothing compared to what I've been doing!
Even just walking will help with the tiredness. A lot of people start with walking, and it's a great form of exercise. Try to aim for 10-15 minutes a day, just to get started. It's easier if you give yourself permission to stop after 10 minutes if you really, really don't want to do anymore.
My dr. has told me to walk, she didn't say anything about strength training. I *know* that I've lost muscle in the last month. Some days just walking around the block has been a challenge. I'm hoping to find answers soon.
When we're tired, it's sometimes hard to start an exercise program. HOWEVER, as crazy as it sounds, after just a few days, you'll likely start to feel significantly less tired and have more energy than you do now, not exercising. That alone is enough to get me to the park/gym/outside/etc. on days I feel less than enthusiastic about working out.
Also, just as an aside, try to add in some strength training. Many times, ST will help you lose inches, and it ups your metabolism (because muscle requires more calories to maintain than fat), which boosts your overall calorie burn. ST isn't as easy as cardio for me, but my relationship with it has quickly gone from "hate" to "love-hate" because as frustrating as it is at times, I love what it does to my body.
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