Posted May 22, 2013. If you still have a lot of Lyme symptoms, take it very easy with any exercise or do not exercise at all. Whether or not to exercise depends on where you are with Lyme disease and/or co-infections. If you are really fatigued and bed ridden with multiple lyme symptoms, just let yourself rest for awhile. When you start feeling a little better, then it’s good to incorporate some gentle exercise into your day. I started with 5 leg lifts on each side. That was it for the day. Then I moved up to 2 minutes on the elliptical. That was it for the day. Now every day I either run several miles, surf in cold Pacific waters, practice intense martial arts, bike 16 miles through mountain canyons to the ocean, kayak, wake board, etc. In other words, after recovery you can be very active again. But while you’re still trying to recover from Lyme disease, take it easy!
If you are up to it, and progressed in your recovery, try to incorporate some high intensity effort into your day. High intensity will result in more oxygen delivery and remember (!) the lyme spirochete is anaerobic and does not like oxygen! Nail them when you can with oxygen!
Here’s an interesting perspective about high intensity:
Why High-Intensity Interval Training
The research suggests that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) most effectively bumps up metabolism for hours to come following exercise, far more than an easy steady-state workout. The so-called “after-burn effect” is also referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and is thought to be a result of the body adapting to the strenuous exercise just performed and, in turn, restoring it to a resting state. “EPOC is the body using extra oxygen to return itself to homeostasis, including normal breathing, temperature, and regulation of hormones,” explains Jill Koegel, a registered dietician and ACE personal trainer for certified nutrition of Omaha.
Now at least once a day I do the following 90 second regime in order to create that high intensity, maximum oxygen uptake effect: 20 jumping jacks, 10 squats, 20 jumping jacks, jog in place for 10 seconds, 10 push ups, 20 sit ups.
Of course you can also do bursts of high intensity while you are doing any other activity. For example, I will run up my stairs at home instead of walking. (I didn’t used to be able to go upstairs at all) Or when I bring groceries into the house I will run to the car, carry the grocery bags lifted high, using my biceps, run to the kitchen and then run back outside. Great energy burst. And of course always take the stairs instead of the elevator. Run them if you can. I’m often seen running up stairs in high heels going to opposing counsel’s offices… haha. I arrive a little breathless, but with a fully oxygenated brain and body.
Think of ways you can incorporate some high intensity into your day, if you are up to it. Oxygen, oxygen, oxygen! But of course always ask your doctor for advice re. exercise before starting any program.
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