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Has anyone checked to see if it's safe to excercise/aerobics following a SAH 

 

I try and walk a lot but need to do something more and the gym bores me. 

 

i have to use a walking stick just now because I've had a couple of falls but I'm determined to try & get fitter & muscles stronger so I can walk on my own again.

 

Dont want to waste GP's time with silly question.

 

Thanks 

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Hi

 

Welcome to BTG, hope you will find the site useful. Ditto what Jess says re speaking to your Doctor re exercise, either that or the nurse specialist at the hospital you were treated (if there is one).

My nurse specialist encouraged me to take exercise and I gradually got back to running and also do clases at the gym. You obviously need to be careful due to your falls history so take it easy.

 

Best to take medical advice first and if they say fine then get going. You can maybe have a telephone consultation with your doctor, always feels that you are not wasting so much time that way :).

 

Good luck and keep us posted,

 

Clare xx

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I had been pushing myself extremely hard on the cross trainer in the weeks before my SAH. Whilst I wasn't on the machine at the time of my bleed i have a suspicion it may have had a role in it. I had been doing an hour with heart rate in excess of 160.

 

I am back on the machine now but slowly built it up over the last year starting at 10 mins and now I'm up to 50. I'm very careful now to never let my heart rate spike. I try to average 130 with maximum of 140 or so. It is a little boring but it's certainly still enough to feel the health benefits.

 

That's just my take on it and it probably is best to speak with your doctor. Mine was very relaxed about it all and just said to do what you're comfortable with.

 

Andrea

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I had my SBH 2 1/2 years ago & when I was in brain injury rehab unit I started walking to cope with restlessness - but since I got discharged and came home I can't seem to stay awake long enough to do anything & I don't like using walking stick so I've not been out and about much.

 I'll try & see if I can get a phone appointment with GP. 

 

Thanks to everyone who replied .

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Fergie, take my tip, swallow your pride and use a walking stick. You have a life and you can't isolate yourself because of needing to use one. I felt exactly the same when I had to use a walking frame at a youngish age. I associated them with old people but I wanted to enjoy life so as needs must I used it.

 

Embarrassing at first but I thought "What the hell, if I want to go out I have no option" so I used it. The embarrassment soon passed and it is my prop to some independence.

Swallow your pride, use a stick and get out.

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Totally agree with Super swallow that pride and use the stick, I've had falls too and now have a crutch don't like it but hey...

 

and I doubt you'd be waisting the GP time with silly questions either, maybe a good idea to get an appointment...

 

Ditto SM Swallow your pride, use a stick and get out there...

 

 

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Agreed. In fact get yourself a stick that you really like...I can't wear heels now and I take a stick whenever I walk on uneven ground ( post SAH I needed one all the time) so I got myself one with a carved hare handle.

 

Worry not about what others think, really just getting out is the best thing and do what you can manage that day. 

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Talking about sticks, I look on them as a fashion accessory and choose them as if I was buying handbags or shoes. I have about 15 now, all with intricately carved  handles and shanks, mainly bought from the Ukraine.

 

Please try to look upon a stick like that, surprising how many compliments you will get with a stick very much out of the ordinary. The stick is the focus, not the person using it.

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