Saturday, June 23, 2007

Exercise intolerant

I had to laugh. Exercise intolerance. Actually I've always hated exercise. So when the cardiologist told me that my treadmill test, which I thought hadn't been completed, showed that I was exercise intolerant all I could do was agree.

Personally I think it was unrealistic expectations on their part. How can you expect someone who is accustomed to walking 4 miles an hour to suddenly be able to walk at nearly 8 miles an hour. No wonder my heart rate went up really fast.

Curiously enough the cure for exercise intolerance is more exercise. I just got back from my first extended exercise bout. I thought I had it figured out that it would take an hour but I got back in 50 minutes. So I'm going to have to add a few more blocks to the circuit. But I think I'll wait a week or so until I've adjusted a bit. Anyway, I'm home, I'm soaking wet and I'm ready for a nap. The cat has other ideas.

Didn't get much knitting done yesterday. One round on the socks but I have to rip it because I think I should have done the cable first. A few rows last night on the yellow lace scarf. And I finished the zigzag scarf Thursday night. Can I start something new?

8 comments:

Catherine D. said...

Oh, please increase the exercise slowly! If it takes 6 weeks to get to the amount you need, so be it.

And what's with walking at 8 mph? That's just a little slower than a trotting horse!

anne said...

The zigzag scarf is so subtly beautiful! I could melt into those stitches and colours and textures...

Monika said...

I'm still laughing here. "Exercise intolerant" if that would be a term for a desease, I would have it. Everybody knows it's necessary, but we don't have to like it. I'm doing 2.5mile in 30 minutes on my mashine. 8 miles an hour sounds a bit much to me. Take it easy and listen to your body.

mary said...

You exercised today, so yes, you get to cast on something new. Nothing like a reward system to motivate one.

sue said...

I love walking, and I would suggest start slowly and build up. I walk 3 times a week now for about 1 to 2 hours, and your legs do ache a bit at first but your body gets used to it. I need to keep doing it on a regular basis though as I tend to slacken off when it gets too cold. Just think in a few weeks you will be walking and not even thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

Larry,

I knew there was a name for what ails me - thanks to you I can now claim exercise intolerance!

I guess I'll have to go for the same cure the doctor has prescribed to you - oh well!

(As Catherine D. said, though, easy does it!)

Rena

mehitabel said...

Treadmill tests--ugh! I know I wouldn't do well on one nowadays, even though I'm trying to build up my walking. Daughter and I do a one-mile circuit three or so times a week. I need to start doing more on my own, though it's miserable doing it when it's this hot and humid!

dragon knitter said...

as someone who has explored chronic fatigue syndrome, if you're exhausted to the point of a nap after taking a walk, you may be a sufferer (granted, you're a WEE bit older than me, lol, but still). it may be something to mention.