Does anyone go to the gym and what do you do? Read last week that cancer sufferers who exercise live longer (know this is a generalisation but reckon it cant do any harm - well not at my pace anyhow). Going to 'Pay as I go' as feel the monthly direct debit scheme as thats a bit too ambitious as feel I need to walk before I can run metaphorically speaking you understand ladies! I am on firstline treatment, had debulking nearly 6 weeks ago, 3 x chemo before and got 5th chemo next Friday.
Do not do any exercise - apart from pottering round where I live indoor and out don't have any stairs. Have the occasional short walk (and I do mean short)! So last week asked GP if she would give me a letter for gym which she has done free of charge. Says I am good to go quote 'To whom it may concern.... is able to do light to moderate exercise as she thinks fit' - 'she' meaning moi Lol - If GP knew how lazy I was she'd laugh out loud too.
So going to get of settee in a mo as been on Laptop for last hour, put on leggings/trainers and go. Got a tag key which will record my progress. Intend to set myself a little challenge on gym computer system. They have all sorts culminating with clocking up the mileage on 'the tour de france' as did that a couple of years ago but only got as far as Paris. Will set my sights a bit lower methinks for now as doubt I'd get out of Yorkshire before Christmas. Did the 'Swimmathon' challenge on the internet a few years ago and did swim the equivalent length of river Severn in pool even though it took me 12 months (was swimming about 3 miles a week I think but chemo police wont let me do that as swimming is my favourite exercise, in fact should say only exercise I actually like)
Re my strategy - anyone whose been to the gym will know they have a recliner exercise bike with big square saddle and nice backrest. Aim to start with slow warm up on the treadmill (5 min walk level 1 on gradient of 1) and 10 -15 min easy cycle on level 1 or 2 whilst watching TV (equipment has individual TV's which is crucial in my decision as to what gym if they dont have tellys I wont join as exercise is soooooo boring.
Feeling OK not much in the way of chemo side effects so here I go after I've finished my cuppa.....