Leigh Posted February 25, 2012 Report Share Posted February 25, 2012 It definitely takes a commitment to never give up trying to exercise. Admittedly, I sort of boycotted this forum for a while because, in my experience, people were ultra negative. It seemed that every time someone tried to shed light on POTS, there was someone replying to beat them down saying, "You must not have it as bad as I do." It's nice to come back to it finding more positivity. YES it takes sooo much work to beat this, but you CAN beat it. A condition by definition is temporary. This is not a disease---it's a condition.It's easy to feel like giving up when you feel so awful with exercise. I started out only able to stand up for 5-10 minutes before passing out, but I exercised until I either had to lay down or was forced (by passing out). I was even kicked out of my gym until I had a dr. release because I was a liability.Chronic fatigue makes a lot of people on here say exercise doesn't work for them, but I can attest that through persistence and patience exercise is the KEY to beating this in the long run. It took many many years, cardiac rehab, and tons of patience, but now I walk half marathons! Strength training in the legs is absolutely necessary as well as retraining your heart to stay at the target. My HR was over 200 for years and now it's normal when I exercise.Every day I go to the gym and literally thank God for my second chance and the ability to move my legs and stand up. You can say you're too tired, too POTSy, or don't have the time to exercise, but I don't think my improvements would have happened without it.Everyone's story is different, and I respect that wholeheartedly. I just wanted to put it out there. I hope to motivate those who think exercise won't work for them that it took me SO long to adapt, but turned out to be the best thing for my heart, bp, fatigue, etc...If you need a workout buddy in Mason, OH let me know! I have an awesome Dr. too! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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