I agree that you should talk to your doctor first, but there are thousands of ways you can move and become more active without risking death or even discomfort. You don't even have to break a sweat (at first).
When I started, "moving more" meant sitting up more than lying down. It meant getting up during commercials and washing a dish or two, or folding some laundry.
Because of my health issues, I've had to make changes extremely gradually - because any drastic chanage to my routine, tends to backfire by causing a flare of my fibro symptoms (pain, fatigue, and cognitive/memory issues).
Even tiny, gradual changes add up over time. When I started, I couldn't even stand to take a shower and couldn't lift my arms over my head long enough to condition my hair. I had to have a shower chair, and had to use a shampoo/conditioner product because I didn't have the strength to do more than one lather, rinse.
And now, hubby and I have just started going to the gym 3 times a week. I walk on the treadmill and I swim. I have been able to add things that make me "sweaty" but if my heart starts to pound hard - I quit. I do not believe in "no pain, no gain."
I think just doing what's comfortable, and trying to increase the comfort zone over time, works every bit as well (if not more so) than pushing yourself to the point of pain.
Last edited by kaplods; 10-11-2011 at 03:02 PM.