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I will need to greatly improve my current level of fitness. Anyone who has been there before recommend a good regime of exercise that would bring me, disgusting lump I am, to a satisfactory level of fitness for the examination? Please keep in mind that I will need to start off slow as I am a very unfit, but have no time chains so regime can go one for as long as needed. Can someone recommend a good fitness regime?
Congratulations on your remission. My brother has been there for 8 years now (leukemia). Two and a half years they had him on chemo. My father had lymphoma, but was only on chemo for 8 weeks. He's been in remission for 2 years now; and yes, we call my Dad a softy, since my brother had to endure that wretched medicine for 15 times longer than my father. I shouldn't call chemo wretched. After all, it saved their lives. A blessing of poison, I suppose. Oh, and welcome to Librarium Online.
Best thing to do if you've never lifted weights: Get a gym membership that offers a few free classes with a personal trainer.
General Fitness: You have the first part down. Start off slow. If you lift too much or run hard on the first time, you'll only end up getting muscle fatigue- that incredibly painful soreness that discourages people from working out any further.
I'd suggest that you start out with a light jog, say, half a mile to a mile. Very easy at first. Be sure to run a few minutes before you start your job at an ultra light pace, then stretch (sounds funny doesn't it- 'run a few minutes before you jog', but you get the idea). It's important to run just a tad bit before stretching, as it loosens your muscles and gets the blood flowing. Also, don't stop running abruptly. Slow down over the last couple of minutes.
Weights: Are you lifting for appearance or strength? It matters. I lifted for strength, which is generally less stringent on your body. Again, light work out at first, as you said. Don't neglect the secondary and tertiary muscles, as so many people tend to do. Yes, your chest and biceps are important, but so are the muscles that link them all together. Do light back workouts, until you've successfully built up those muscles; then you can begin increasing weight. I always did proportionally less with my back than the rest of my body, because it's very easy to injure it. A personal trainer should provide you with the logistics of how much weight and how many reps.
Avoid squats. So many people injure their back, and it can stay with you the rest of your life. Do the 'sled' instead. It's an incline machine, where you lie down (head facing the ground) and push the weight upwards. It's not quite as effective for leg building, but it's far easier on your back. In the end, your body will thank you.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or another member of the mod team. We have a very active community on Librarium Online, and there are vets in every section. Again, congrats on remission! That's a big step!
Last edited by Rabbit; January 11th, 2008 at 07:32.
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-if you can find a gym near you that does sessions. I felt terrible when I started as everyone else in the training class left me behind on the cv segments, although I could hold my own in weights bits. This did change rapidly though, if you atten regularly, twice a week, and do a weights session a week you will get fit pretty fast. I miss the gym atm as I have previously moved, but I am a lot fitter than I have been from that regime a month and a half back (kept it up for about 3 months).
aut viam inveniam aut faciam / I'll either find a way or make one.
Unfortunately the only training I was in was Kick Boxing. Though in the beginning I was unfit too in the end, and before my injury, I was considered fit...
On the other hand though, as my mother passed away from cancer several years back, and I know the fit levels I wouldn't recommend it. I would like to congratulate you for the physical and psychical strength you had and have to endure and pass such a health obstacle... My prayers for health will always be with you!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...