Thank you all so much for your suggestions, some I will try others we will see. I am seeing a doctor and so far it's kinda a wait and see game. I did however go have a hearing test and found that I have lost 15% hearing in both ears (still don't know how this is possible). I will still continue on I just have to go gently. Have a good one. Keep Sparking
I'm so sorry to hear about your car accident - wow, what a challenge!! Like most others here, I don't know much about vertigo and you might try some of the ideas suggested - I will say, however, that the treadmill makes me dizzy so not sure if that would work better or worse for you! What about exercising in a swimming pool, either swimming or water aerobics? As for walking, I often use 'trekking poles' [aka Nordic Poles] and those can be used to help balance someone - my sister has trouble balancing from hip and back problems and she finds that using the poles helps her steady her balance as well. She has previously used a cane or walker but finds the poles help better and she can walk a little faster with them, too.
I suppose you ahve talked with your doctors but if they haven't referred you to a physical therapist, you should see if they can get you into that. They have all sorts of ways to help people exercise without aggravating prior injuries or conditions so it's worth a try! Good luck!
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I haven't had Vertigo quite that bad, but it's not fun no matter what. I agree with Mandy about maybe doing some chair exercises. Also there are so many cardio videos on here. Try using the bands. Good Luck. Let us know how you are doing.
Your loss to date is so impressive. But I can understand the loss of mobility and the loss of motivation.
Have you thought about strength training with Chair Workouts - these are surprisingly effective!
I don't know anything about vertigo either I'm afraid - does it help to do exercises on the bed or on the floor - that way your balance isn't at risk.
And there are SO many exercises you can do for strength where you don't need to stand!!
Motivation? This is such a personal thing - but work on a daily challenge rather than a long term one - then if you are falling behind, you'll only be a day behind and that doesn't attack your mindset quite so badly!
Please keep us informed on how you are progressing - are you able to find someone close to you who can join you in workouts, that way you feel obliged and answerable to keep going!
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Wow, you're doing so great! I'm sorry to hear about your car accident & resulting vertigo. Walking in hallways might work as you will have a wall to balance yourself. Some treadmills have pretty good hand rails as well. Many people will tell you that you shouldn't use the rails but if it keeps you active - go for it. I do know that sometimes, especially when rounding corners too fast or turning too many corners (tight or otherwise), it will give me vertigo. On treadmills, there are no corners - BONUS! When walking outside, I have to watch the ground just a step or two in front of me, otherwise I'm all over the place like a drunken idiot. I don't know if a school running track will help by following the line around the track - I might try that this summer. Has your doctor offered any suggestions at all? I would think that even the use of a cane (with double feet) could help in the short term to catch your balance.
Your motivation is there it's just a little side-tracked with the problems you're experiencing from the accident. I've been trying to quit smoking & as a result I've been gaining some weight. I keep asking myself if I want to go back to smoking & face the withdrawals all over again. My weight has not shot up like before when I tried to quit because I'll ask myself if I really want to go back to my starting weight & fight it all over again. It's about choices. If you understand the consequences of those choices, you're more apt to choose wisely.
Strength training can be hard when you start out. I think going low (no or low weights) & slow (fewer reps) is a great idea but do make sure you train all parts of the body - you won't regret it. Then see how you feel the next day, too much soreness could create a bigger problem for your balance. Strength training is definitely worth the time & the resulting strength helps with everyday tasks including catching yourself before a fall can happen.
Hope this helps - stay true to yourself Natasha!!
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Hi Natasha! Congrats on losing 60 lbs! That's AWESOME! I'm sorry to hear about your car accident and Vertigo. I have zero knowledge of Vertigo, so I really can't help you there. As far as the strength training, have you searched the Sparkpeople workout videos or articles? I found this link www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _a rticles.asp?id=1033 , it's a Reference Guide to Strength Training.
I'm 10 pounds away from my 1st goal of 70 pounds lost but I have lost my motivation. Since my car accident and actually prior to I have not been able to get it moving. I'm battling with Vertigo and that is real tough because I tend to lose my balance when standing up and walking. I also want to start so strength training but have no idea where to start, up until now I have concentrated on cardio, I have lost pounds and inches but now I also want to tighten it up especially in the mid section if you know what I mean. Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated and if anyone has battled with vertigo I would love to hear and about and know what you did to conquer it. Thanks Sparkers in advance
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