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  • exocise??????????

    Here the I want to tone up where I lost alot of weight,(my tummy really needs it) and I won a months free membership to a gym, is there anything thats safe that I can do there? and how about sit-ups, is that safe? I don't want to body build or anything, just take care of myself.
    Jen

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    Jen,

    I know we want to be like everyone else but the simple fact is that we are not. We can't do areobic exercise and we can't weight lift so really only some muscle stretching and moderate walking is appropriate. I would doulble check with your doc to be safe. Thanks for all the pms! Life has been a bit busy and not much time for anything but being sick. Take care and God bless!

    Beverly

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      It is important to get exercise especially because we have HcM. If you doctor has not instructed you to stop for some specific reason. We as Hcm people need to avoid any heavy lifting and weight training that requires heavy weights. I was told I could lift light weights for toning. Your heart rate is to be kept at a level and below that is safe for you. Usually below 120 bpm. Walking is always a good safe way to get exercise. Crunches if vigorous could be a bit tough and prohibitive. It is wise to discuss an exercise plan with your specialist.
      Hey Lisa , Yoo hoo, Oh Lisa, I see a need for a person either with HCM or a friend/ family member who has a background in physical therapy to help work with our specialists and design a good safe work out plan. What do you think? Boy are we gonna keep you busy!!! lol
      Pam
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        Jen-
        Good for you, for wanting to be "the Best you can!" It's so important to exercise safely, based on your needs. I'd check with my Cardio for an OK & check what he/she feels you can safely raise your heart rate to. My Cardio has always, always encouraged me to walk, walk, walk & I did, but for a couple of months before my Myectomy (there was no way I could walk from one side of my house to the other, without stopping). In the past year, I've had a Myectomy & Double Bypass-I'm 4 months out from my Bypass, I've completed Rehab & just joined a Health Club. Since you haven't had a Myectomy, your needs will be different from mine, so I won't advise you. I'll just say "Do whatever & as much as you can" I know lots of folks choose to sit around, but when you get up & move you feel a million times better & it's GOOD for you!
        Good Luck
        RONNIE

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          Hi everyone, I know I can run out to do arobics or lift any heavy weights, thats not my desire anyways, I just want to tone up my muscles more, I look good and I just want to get as healthy as humanly possiable for a person with hcm safely. I eat a heart healthy diet so religiously that every-one thinks I am crazy.. NOTHING GOES INTO MY MOUTH THAT CAN'T BE ACCOUNTED FOR. and I drink alot of water . Just looking for some guide lines.
          Jen

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            Hi Jen, one thing that I found I really enjoy and is really a great workout for flexibility and toning is yoga. It doesn't get your heart rate up, which for us is a good thing, but it's great for toning. You'd be surprised on the muscles that get worked. It's also very calming and relaxing --at least for me it is. Yoga is all about doing it at your own pace and only doing what you feel comfortable with. You might want to see if your gym offers any yoga classes and try it out. Pilates is also great for toning, and it doesn't get your heart rate up either.
            JoAnn

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              I have heard so much about yoga, I never thought that it could do so much for someone, and it will really help you tone up? and relax? is it exspensive?
              Jen

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                now that cooler weather is right around the corner here in Massachusetts (hopefully! I hate hot, humid weather)...I am going to take walks around this big field (it has 3 paths...we walk our dogs there)..It is so nice and relaxing..you see all kinds of birds - bluebirds, goldfinches, mocking birds, and sometimes deer! I walk it once in a while but not much in the summer. I get too hot. I am definately looking into a yoga class on Saturday mornings.
                \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

                Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                  I'm not really sure about the cost of classes. I take mine at the gym I belong to, and it is part of the membership. However, I know classes are usually offered at community centers, schools, etc. I don't think they are expensive to take. There are different types of yoga. I'm not an expert in yoga, and I don't know too much about the philosophy and history of it. Just make sure you join a beginners class to start. It takes awhile to get used to all the terms and moves, but I just can't express enough about the great feeling you get after you're done. It defintely is a lot of sretching and using muscles you forgot you had. You do work up a sweat, but it is all done in a very non-aerobic way (for lack of a better term). My favorite part is at the very end of the class when you just get to lay on your back with the lights out and your eyes closed and just relax !! Not too many excercises classes that allow you to do that !! Let me know how you like it if you do try it out.
                  JoAnn

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                    thank you I plan to look into finding a yoga class as soon as I get feeling better, afib is making me sick as ****. but I am looking foward to joining somewhere in the near future I hope.
                    Jen

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