Exercise within limits

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Dec 11, 2009 5:49 PM GMT
    This week, I was diagnosed with mono. That explains the sore throat and why I've been exhausted for the past few weeks. Obviously, I won't be working out again until I've recovered to some extent -- the fact that I'm currently sleeping over 12 hours a day makes that a no-brainer. However, my doctor told me that for a month or two after I get better I should avoid any strenuous activity and any contact sport, because with an enlarged spleen there's a chance of it rupturing from activity that I'd normally shrug off. Sadly, I was too out of it during my visit to ask what activities would be possible once the acute fatigue went away.

    So, I ask you, the men of RealJock: what's the best low impact choice for when I'm capable of moving again? Everything I know about low impact exercise is low impact on the joints, not on the abdominal cavity, so while swimming might be great if you've got knee problems, it seems like it would be rather problematic in this case. Do I go back to normal weights and cardio, just doing everything really slowly? Do I deliberately avoid anything that involves a substantial core component so that I minimize the chances of injuring internal organs?
  • Neon_Dreams

    Posts: 352

    Dec 11, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    Now might be a good time to do a "special diet"- more strictly healthy, as your physical activity is going to be less than normal. Look into the practicality of raw foods and/or a partially-vegetarian meal-plan. icon_biggrin.gif Just a thought.

    Otherwise, walking is always low-impact. Walk for distance! Once I walked 70 miles (in 5 days) from Las Vegas to the NV Nuclear Test site to protest war and violence. Maybe you can join up with charity walks. Meditation walks are AWESOME too!

    And, I would definitely ask your doctor or trusted ones about YOGA.

    Good luck and keep us posted,

  • RSportsguy

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    Dec 11, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    Hope you are feeling better MSUBioNerd! I would take it easy for awhile!
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    Dec 11, 2009 8:26 PM GMT
    yoga might be a good choice to investigate, as you are working hard, but in a different way. if you have to watch out the abdomen then avoid astanga or anything like that as that has an important element of that. Something like Iyengar might be good... and start in a beginners┬┤ class to ease you back in. Good thing is that you can stop if you get tired and you are not stranded anywhere...Some of the restorative stuff you could practice now....

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    Dec 11, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
    I interpret contact sports as activities like football, rugby, martial arts, boxing... anything where you run the risk of taking a blow to the belly.
    To be safe you really should call your dr and ask just to be safe.
    Get well soon, in the meantime.... "Sweet dreams."
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    Dec 11, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    I agree with the other posters -
    * please ask your doc or some doc
    * yoga
    * great time to eat really healthy to avoid unwanted weight gain
    * walking

    I had mono in 2001 and I had no idea until I was about to collapse.
    It was hard for a while to accept that I couldn't work out for a period of time (Or play soccer) until at which time I was ok by the doc's orders.

    Good luck!
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 12, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    May I know what mono is? I have been having a unexplain dry throat , and coughing for week now. But I dont have any fever or anything. Just like you, I been pushing myself to much lately. I run marathon nearly every weekend (5K, 7K and 10k). I just finish one this week and have another 7.7k next Sunday. I do aerobic nearly everyday. Swimming after work and on top of that I am dieting.

    Am I doing to much? But I love to exercise .I just cant get enough.