I use a lot of humor to cope with my illness, so I could not help myself and posted the following response:
My exercise threshold is pretty low. Just standing up for a little bit or doing something as simple as brushing my teeth puts my heart rate over my anaerobic threshold. I wear my heart rate monitor all day.
So, pretty much just for kicks, here is my exercise routine:
- 4 sets of pulling myself out of bed
- 12 sets of opening the refrigerator
- 8 sets of lifting the water jug to pour myself a glass of water
- 1-2 sets of opening childproof medication bottle
Cardio:Obviously with the various degrees of these types of illnesses, one person may able to do a decent amount of carefully paced exercise while others cannot do any. While we don't want to become deconditioned, we can only do what our bodies allow. In my case, the list above is all I can generally manage these days without causing a crash.
- undisclosed number of sets walking to the bathroom
- 2 sets of brushing my teeth
- 12 sets of walking to the kitchen
- 4 sets of eating
- 1 set of showering (on a good day)
I am sure we have all been asked what we do for exercise by at least one doctor who thinks exercise is the cure-all for all that ails us. How do you answer the question?