I regret to say that I found all this out the hard way. Several years ago I had to go for a stress test at the hospital. This involved getting on a treadmill and running like mad until your heart rate doubled.I had never done any sort of exercises other than walking leisurely around the mall.I was on that tread mill for 15 minutes running flat out for over 15 minutes, I never reached the double heart rate, but I couldn't get my breath. So they told me to get dressed and go home I was so shaky I had to take a cab home.
That evening I had the most horrendous cramps in my thigh muscles that I thought I was going to die, and was disappointed when I didn't. After 40 minutes of terrible pain I immersed myself in an ice cold bath, then poured blazing hot water over my legs.
To this very day if I do not drink a lot of water every time I even go for a short walk those exact same pains return and I have to do the exact same thing to rid myself of them.
There was no mention by hospital about warm up, drinking lots of water or cool down. And because of this I am afraid to push myself in any sort of exercise, and this makes me angry
- 7/24/2009 2:05:31 PM