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Exercise and PD

I am finding that when I exercise I don't recover like I used to. I found this years ago but then went quite a long time without exercising because of constant back pain. Now that the pain is better controlled I find even walking for 40 minutes leaves me aching almost as though I am getting sick. Just wondering if other have found to wait a day or two between workouts. I missed exercising terribly but I feel like I'm tearing my body down rather than doing it good. Thanks.

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I recommend one day recovery time after each intensive exercise session. Our muscles need to have time to recover!

The older we get the more we have to help our muscles to cope with the demands we place upon them!

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Start gently. Do not overdo it and increase slowly. It's not a good idea to exercise to the point of fatigue. I also found after a period of inactivity (LONG bronchitis) that I had less strength and endurance, and exercising made me feel exhausted. You can get your strength back but it takes time and patience.

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I disagree with John and rebtar. You should exercise most every day and you should exercise till you are exhausted. That way you will know what your limits are and you will get fit quicker. The way we build muscle is we tear them and when we repair them they are stronger and bigger. The reason you should exercise every day is to get into a routine and you will find that you will be less sore. When i skip a day i find it easier to skip 2 days then 3 and so on so i just do some exercise every day. Your exercise should include weight lifting , cardio, and stretching to maintain flexibility.

When i skip a day i find it easier to skip 2 days then 3 and so on so i just do some exercise every day.

Good luck

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Im with John Pepper.

Among other things, I stopped getting night cramps when I did my full exercise ( fast walking, core and rowing) 4 days a week. With occasional light movement ex (dog walks in open terrain) on the off days.

If you dont move it you defintely will lose it ... and have to contend with the shade (after Dante's disembodied souls) of PD... I am sure know what I mean.

Getting tired from exercise also greatly enhances falling to sleep quicker and staying asleep.

See you on the playing field... think of your time there as a privilege. Not as a chore!

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There are different exercise programs you can do. Maybe just do stretching exercise to get some flexibility back first. Then go for small walks and build yourself back up. Not sure of your age but they have programs where you can do exercise sitting in a chair. Some people have a problem with their medication metabolizing quicker when they exercise leading to more off time. I would ask your doctor. He may suggest a solution for when you work out. Good luck.

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Exercise every day, but alternate the muscle groups you work so that you work each group only two or three days per week.

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Thanks to all for the replies. I have some experimenting to do. I appreciate the time everyone took to provide their insights.

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Because of two surgeries on the same leg this past year, I was unable to cycle or do much of any exercise for 7 months. I was able to walk some but not get on my bike, much less ride my 20 miles per day. I have. just been able to start riding (inside) and doing physical therapy in the last couple of weeks. I'm finding that shorter, daily effort works best. Plenty of naps and water. It's really hard, but not impossible. The goal is worth the effort.

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There are supplements used by athletes which help with exercise exhaustion..cherry extract, BCAA. I would add C and B complex, the stress vitamins, as they are used up quickly with stress (exercise) and eliminated via sweat. Also electrolytes (PureCaps).

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Suggest also you read up on forced exercise wherein you and the equipment BOTH perform to make the significant difference required to actually get results. We bought an electric bike, changed out the seat and got a stand. rigged it up with a throttle, following Jay Alberts success at Cleveland clinic. Work up to required parameters and I’ll bet you see a difference. My husband was able to contribute 55 rpms without aches and pains while the bike did the rest. One or the other alone doesn’t work.

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Exercise although therapeutic and beneficial is tiring I try to cycle 120 miles per week weather permitting sometimes I have to rest afterwards

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I know exactly what you are talking about. The more the exertion the longer the recovery time. Recently in my BIG session with a PT he pushed me so hard I could barely make to my car and then I had to sit for an hour before I could drive home. I was in pain and felt terrible for two days. Now I have an aversion to going back.

I say start with moderate exercise and work up. Don’t over do it just for the sake of learning how much you can withstand.

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Thanks for the reply. I'm finding it frustrating not only because of the fatigue and long recovery time but because my back pain returns with even minimal exertion. I used to be an avid weightlifter and loved the feeling of the burn after a hard workout but those days are long gone. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. I'm still looking for a solution.

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Getting old!!

Perhaps you could try some magnesium before excercise. It helps us oldies (ie over 50's) at tennis.

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Just started magnesium. Would love to get back to tennis. Thanks.

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AAHHHHHHHHH! Do you people ever read what is on this site???????

There is SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT EXERCISING 4-5 TIMES A WEEK AT 80% MAX HEART RATE STOPS THE PROGRESSION OF PD:

Effect of High-Intensity Treadmill Exercise on Motor Symptoms in Patients With De Novo Parkinson Disease

A Phase 2 Randomized Clinical Trial

jamanetwork.com/journals/ja...

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In addition I had the EXACT same symptom of exercising and feeling like I was not recovering, but I found that a combination of supplements made that feeling go away entirely and allowed me to return to a normal response to exercise.

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Virtually EVERYTHING has been discussed and vetted before by someone else, you just need to SEARCH!!!

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