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From now on, aerobics is my life.

Those are the doctor's orders.

Today I saw the rheumatologist and the junior doctor who appeared to be very much her bitch. The bad news is, I definitely have fibromyalgia. The worse news is that it is indeed incurable.

The worst news? To live a healthy life with fibromyalgia, achieving the sort of strength and stamina that any comparatively well person can expect to have, she recommends...

45 minutes of aerobic exercise four times a week. Not just any exercise. Aerobic. So I would have to include any muscle work, yoga or whatever ON TOP of the 45 minutes.

Given I can now do ten minutes without dropping dead, that doesn't sound like as much as all that. But it is. I reckon I know... one person who would be capable of that. Maybe. It's hard to say.

A positive attitude is also absolutely essential. If the depression is too strong an influence on my life, recovery isn't going to happen. That's that, apparently.

I'm to continue my ten minutes a day for the next month. After that, I am to graduate to 15. I have to stay at that level for at least 2 months before moving up to 20 minutes. She'll see me in 6 months, when I'm doing 20 minutes of aerobics a day.

Praise the Lord for the WiiFit!

She was a very brisk, authoritative sort of doctor. Her basic attitude was "You get heavily into aerobics and you show some enthusiasm, or don't even talk to me."

I'm up for it. I want this shit GONE.

How much aerobic exercise do you get a week? Have any of you achieved the 45 minutes four times a week? Any aerobic programs or exercises you can recommend? I like doing the step aerobics on the wii!

In other news, school is still awesome. But I'm becoming really interested in the science aspect of everything. I always hated science, but now I find it so cool. I'm thinking about zoology. But more on that some other time.

I've been very down lately. I've been intensely paranoid and getting the distinct impression everyone I know hates me. Which is ludicrous, but I can just imagine you all talking behind my back!!! Yes, you!!! *points dramatically*

:P

So any comments of non-hateage and support would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully the slight meds increase I've been given will help with the paranoia.

Peace out!

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saralonde24
Sep. 2nd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Good luck Kayt *hugs*. And yay science studies. Science studies are made of awesome :-)

Whilst I have not personally stuck to 45 mins of aerobics four times per week, I was able to (for some time), stick to three aerobic/cardio sessions per week of 1 hr, 40 mins, 1 hr, respectively. More specifically - 1 hr Body Pump, 40 mins netball, 1 hr Body Pump.

Body Pump classes increase aerobic/cardio fitness (as well as increasing muscle strength), because participants are required to utilise (relatively) low weights in conjunction with high repetition of exercises, meaning that the heart gets a significant workout (particularly if the weight is gradually increased). If the class is available to you, and you enjoy it, you may wish to ask your doctor whether it qualifies as aerobic exercise for her purposes. Personally, I am not very coordinated for general aerobics classes, and I find Body Pump requires less overall coordination (but gives fantastic fitness results!), and I know it has improved my overall cardio/aerobic fitness, which is why I suggest it.

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