Patient discussion about exercise

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Q. Do you exercise at all?

If so, what exercise do you perform and why? What are it's benefits? I am looking to incorporate different routines and exercises into my workouts and would like your assistance.
A1i do 60 pushups,60 situps, and run 2 miles in 15 mins. then lift weights,my whole work out lasts about an hour a day.
A2thanks for sharing Dagmar.
A3I do weight lifting. The advantages are increase in the muscle strength and mass. On the other hand, it doesn't really improve endurance.

Usually the best is to incorporate both aerobic (exercise against no resistance, e.g. running, walking, spinning) and anaerobic exercise (i.e. exercise against resistance). However you should also define your precise objectives - do you want to look more muscular or loose weight?

You may read more here ( ), and consulting a doctor before initiating any exercise may be wise.

Q. How much exercise should I do.

I am very fond of exercise. But I get tired soon and loosing my energy. How much exercise should I do?
AI am glad that you are fond of something which is vital for healthy living. Experts recommend 30-60 minutes of exercise per day. The 60-minute suggestion is based on the National Academy of Science's ideal recommendation for people who are trying to lose weight. But you'll get real health benefits (and burn lots of calories) even if you don't work out that much, especially if you haven't been exercising at all up to now. While 30 minutes of physical activity is considered enough to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, even 10 minutes a day will do you good. Remember that you don't have to do all your exercise in one session: A 30-minute aerobics workout in the morning, a 20-minute walk after work, and 10 minutes of mopping the floor after dinner can do the trick. (Don't forget to include some strength training and stretching in your workouts, too.)

Q. How do you motivate yourself to exercise?

I have a problem- I can easily get myself to go to work and other strenuous things, but when I need to get myself out for some exercise, which is only for me, I don’t find the energy for that. Does anyone have any tips how to encourage myself?
A1Try to change to an exercise you enjoy. You can also exercise with a friend, and the commitment to him may give you another push. Another option is to join a regular exercise program in a gym. Good luck!
A2What helped me was to set time for it in my schedule just as I would do for a meeting etc. When I know it’s part of my daily routine, It’s easier for me – you can try it too.
A3I understand you. It's always hard to find the 'energy' to go. I suggest you choose an exercise that is fun for you, it could be dancing, swimming, kick- boxing, biking or anything else you find enjoyable and then you won't feel as if you are exercising but think you are having fun instead.

Q. Can I exercise during my pregnancy?

Before I became pregnant I used to go to the gym 3 times a week. Can I still exercise now that I am pregnant?
A1Thanks everybody! i enrolled to a Pilates class last week, and already had 2 sessions. although the equipment is a bit funky i have to say that i just LOVE it. it feels much better than going to an aerobics class at the gym...
A2Since your body is used to exercise from before your pregnancy, you can continue to exercise the same type of exercise you did before. However, take it down a notch and don't work as hard as before. There are also special exercises that are good for pregnant women (types of yoga etc.) so maybe you'd like to look into that as well
A3I think mild aerobics and pilates are ok. Just be careful and no weights

Q. Won't exercise....

Won't exercise just make my pain worse?
A1If you have fibromyalgia, doing exercise may make you ache at first, but it can help in the long-run. If you have fibromyalgia, your muscles may be so tight and painful, that trying to do any exercise may aggravate the pain. However, exercise helps to keep your muscles active - if you don't use your muscles enough then you may be more likely to get a flare-up of fibromyalgia when you do need to be active. Regular exercise can also help to improve your sleep. It may take a while to work out the best type of exercise for you. What works well for one person with fibromyalgia may not necessarily work well for the other. It's better to start off with very light exercise - even just doing some gentle stretches can help to relieve the tension in your muscles. Exercising in a heated pool can be particularly beneficial for people with fibromyalgia. If you feel in pain after exercise, then it is usually better to reduce the amount of exercise you do rather than stopping altogether. However, you
A2 Hi Miskey!Start to practice yoga and you will get rid of your fibromyalgia for good.

Q. Are there any different exercises I would have to do?

I’m due any day now (hopefully). I am 23 years old and am 39w 5d with my first child and I used to be 5'7 160. I am now 5'7 208: I wanted to know from the people on this site if they have any diet/exercise tips on me trying to get myself physically fit again. I dream to work for FDNY as an EMT next year so being physically fit is a strong requirement to be hired. Are there any different exercises I would have to do?
it does sounds like your baby is a big one and might need a c-section. in that case here is some info about exercising after a c-section:

if it won't be in a c-section, here is an article about that:
A2Hi, Advance congrats! If you have a c-section it will be longer before you are capable of doing certain exercises... namely abdominals. Start off walking and doing light upper body weights and work your way to running and getting those crunches in. It will be several weeks before you can do this. You might also considering biking. I am going through this myself. I had a vaginal history with my 1st pregnancy and was exercising at 3wks postpartum but had a c-section with my daughter and was only able to walk at 3wks postpartum. My daughter is 3mos old now and I am running and doing almost everything normally. I still have a hard time with some of the exercises... it still burns where the scar is.

Q. What kind of exercises I must do?

I have a slipped disc problem due to my obesity. I started with low back pain that got increasingly worse. After my X-ray and MRI it was confirmed that it was a slipped disc problem. I was advised to have bed rest. This helped the pain to reduce. I was given some medicines. With enough rest I am gaining weight again and I think I should start exercising again. What kind of exercises I must do?
ASimple exercise like treadmill, walking and cycling is good. But do not strain yourself. Very simple stretching exercise is good also. Do not lift anything heavy as it may strain your back. Do take care to eat a well-balanced diet and food that can enhance the calcium in your body. Keep your weight within limits.
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