It sounds counterintuitive, but when you have heart failure you still need to exercise that muscle. No matter what, it is a muscle and not giving it a workout will only end up with it getting weaker.
I have always been a very active person, hiking, bike riding etc. I still like to keep active and go for walks and swims and I recently bought a new mountain bike.
I try to push myself but not over do it because I know I can’t do as much as I did before having sarcoidosis, but the most frustrating part of exercising for me is the extreme fatigue when I am done.
Previously, when I exercised, I felt invigorated, ready to face the world. Now when I exercise, I get the invigorated feeling, for about five minutes and then I crash. I want to just go take a shower and sleep. The thing is, I don’t. Maybe I should, but I always feel that if I go curl up and sleep, I am giving into this disease and my heart failure.
So I push through. It’s not easy. It is so hard trying to stay awake, with all my muscles feeling as if they don’t have the strength to even move one step. But I push and I pull my self up by the boot strings and make myself move.
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