Activities that work for me.... That's never an easy question for anyone with wobbly joints and a tendency to tire quickly is it?
I go for a "push round the block" in my wheelchair most days, it's only half a mile but it's getting easier, if I feel strong I do 2 laps.
I also do about an hour of muscle toning and stretching as prescribed by a physio.
And, because I'm a total nutter, I play wheelchair basketball. I know, daft sport for someone breakable but it's fun, I can re-locate my fingers when they pop out and my chair is modified so that it protects my bendy back properly. The buzz I get is enough to keep me doing the exercise every day so I'm fit enough to play!
i have belonged to a small gym for a while but they didn't have a pool. I am joining our wellness center tomorrow and of course had a few questions i hoped you could help with. .... What kind of bathing suits do they wear? Do you wear it under your sweats? Anything else i should know before i go bustin up in there?
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I just joined this team and saw that no one had replied so far. For me it works to walk and ride a bike, but in an alert kind of way. I have two large older dogs , so I can't go to fast and that suits me fine. I had immense trouble with standing and walking, I even needed a wheelchair at some point, but years ago I changed pain killer medication and this combination saved my life; from a couch potato (everything hurt and I was incredibly tired) I suddenly could do a lot more things. I have to be careful, but I can do a great deal more these days. My main problems are my knees. So I can't do high impact aerobics, squats, jumping jacks and other exercises.
One other thing you may consider before taking up aerobic exercise is problems with proprioception. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proprioception It makes me a bit of a clutz (bumping against doors, spilling your cup of hot tea) and I have to guard against putting my feet (for instance) in the same position for too long. I suspect this proprioception issue is why I have problems with complicated cardio exercises. I once heard a occupational therapist mention that being in the water is not good for people with severe hip problems, because when you leave the water, the sudden weight might dislocate the hip joint.
I'm not a native speaker so pardon my english. Have a nice day!
We all know that EDS challenges us daily with pain, fatigue, and mobility issues. We also know that exercise is an important factor in controlling weight and improving healthy living. Still, I know that once I've found an activity that I can actually do without exacerbating my chronic condition, I tend to "beat it to death." It's an obsessive/compulsive thing, I'm pretty sure!
I love my water aerobics, and I've managed to work them into a habit, but with summer coming and travel looming, I know that I'm going to have to be a bit creative within my limitations for getting in daily exercise. The usual options, all of which work so well with others, don't always apply to us. Have any of you tried and succeeded with other types of aerobic activities? I'm not going to argue against any suggestions (we all have individual differences in our abilities and limits), but I'd love to see myriad options for healthy activities so I don't get in a rut or give up on good habits.
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