Water aerobics is a good idea. Classes can be hard to find. LAfitness and 24 hour fitness offer these. Shop around though. Some of these classes can be too easy. It depends on the instructor. I currently need intense cardio, and there are only 2 instructors at my gym that offer vigorous enough classes.
Any good heart-healthy ways of exercising besides walking? I used to do pilates, which worked wonderfully, until I developed a hernia (possibly 2). I lost 23 lbs. from walking an hour a day, but during colder weather (due to severe anemia) I am always looking for other ways to burn fat and calories that don't involve having to leave my nice, warm house.
NELLA, I just joined this team. I have a VSD. I was in a wheelchair until I was eleven. I did not feed myself at all until I was about that age. I couldn't even make the wheelchair move. I went to a special school, where I slept most of the time. I won't even go into learning to walk, eating, turning a page on a book, passing out all the time. The first day of 5th grade, my new teacher, Mr Penner, told the nurse "Get her out of here, I don,t want her in my class". I knew why, it was all the paperwork if I died. There were always big discussions at home if a student died at school.
When I stopped growing, my body then had the energy it needed to allow me to be mobile. I pleaded with my Mom when I was 14 to get me a bike. I got it on condition that I could only ride it inside, down the hall. Of course it had training wheels. In stages I was able to ride in front of the house, and then get the training wheels off. I was almost 15 by then. In my 40's I was still riding 300 miles a week. I also took up hiking, my first trip into the high sierras I thought of Mr Penner, if he could see me now.
I also belong to the spinal and stroke teams. I think some of the spinal problems may be from my original health problems. As for the strokes, i think most people get them to some degree. My birth mother stroked at 20, was hospitalized and then died at 27. My father stroked but he was in his 70's.
I would really love to chat with others who are familiar with living with a congenital condition and trying to be healthy. Maybe we can talk about fitness goals and how we can work to meet them despite our limitations. Maybe we can suggest activities, exercises and motivational quotes?
It's great to be understood!
current weight: 236.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,530) Posts: 9 3/19/11 4:14 P
Welcome! I'm 48 and excited about being into this Spark community. I guess from here I don't know what to do. I'm watching what I eat, exercising, etc. I know we all have a lot to chat about. It's just getting started that we need. Any suggestions?
Hey guys! I too am a newbie to this website. I think this website is a wonderful tool to help myself and others be aware and accountable of their nutrition/fitness habits. I am a 37 year old TOF patient. I had my pulmonary valve replaced in 2008. I looked for a team that could relate to my limitations. I may not be as fast, or as strong, or have as much endurance as a person without CHD, but I have the heart to try. I look forward to the support that is obviously here. Thanks for allowing me to be on your team!!! :O)
current weight: 126.8
Fitness Minutes: (1,530) Posts: 9 3/5/11 11:20 A
Hello Wendy- I'm new at this as well. I'm still learning how to navigate around this site. We all have something in common and I like to idea of support and ideas. This sounds vain but, even though we all have probably bigger issues to deal with, sometimes I would like to just go shopping for a pretty blouse and not be discourage by not being able to find something that covers the center chest scar and also a ICD. (pacemaker) How is that for a start for a discussion? Is there a shop out there? Janet
Thanks for posting this! I agree, I recently returned and am making progress. I would really like to hear from other people who experience the challenges of living with a heart condition. I often find that I need affirmation from others in a similar situation - especially when my symptoms make it harder for me to go as hard as I'd like to. Could we possibly talk about ways to still work towards fitness even if we have exercise limits or restrictions? Exchange tips/advice? Games don't sound bad either. I think this is a really unique opportunity for folks like us, and I would be excited to see more of this.
current weight: 236.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,175) Posts: 4,553 2/26/11 9:23 P
I am a new team leader for this team! I'm posting this because I would really like input on what things people are interested in seeing on this team. I've noticed that only a few people are active on this team and I would like to change that. I think it is important to have support when we are trying to make changes in our lives. It can also really help when people who have shared experiences support each other. I know it my situation, I only know one other person (my brother) who also has the same condition as myself. He is the only person who truly understands the challenges and triumphs of living with heart problems.
Please let me know what you would find helpful/supportive for yourself. We currently only have one team challenge, more can be added. What kinds of topics covered? Games maybe? General support topics? Etc. The sky is the limit!
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