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as people who've been following my blog/811 experiment over the last weeks may know, i'm currently recovering from a bad bout of CFS/ME/chronic fatigue. things are generally going well (yay!).

my starting point a couple of months ago was that i spent the winter either bed bound or wheelchair bound, barely able to weightbear. this has resulted in a massive loss of fitness, muscle tone etc.

and before then, i wasn't exactly fit!

i've started bouncing on the trampoline where i live, as a start to a fitness routine. and i'm managing to walk and garden most days (with lots of resting). i've managed to drop my body fat percentage from 27.7% last tuesday to 26.5% today (a week), so there is movement in my muscle building (i'm sooo happy).

i'm just really looking for SIMPLE advice as to how to start an exercise programme. i'm clueless about the types (cardio? weights?), and need to build up GRADUALLY. i live rurally and don't have access to a gym, but lots of countryside.

so to those fitness buffs out there, how should i start? are there good websites to look at? how should i track my progress? is there a good simple book you'd recommend? assume i know nothing! its been sooo long since i've had the capability to even start thinking about this. i'm very excited!

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I would say what Swayze suggested was a pretty good start! I also have CFIDS and am training to be an ultra marathoner on a raw vegan diet! I have not been 'sick' in almost a year and I definitely credit my diet for that. I am currently running upwards of 50+ miles a week and climbing :) You can certianly do it! Start slow, rest often and listen to your body. Good Luck to you!!!
in terms of cardio, i think a good place to start is with bouts of walking and jogging.. just stay within your limits at first and pace yourself.. if you push too hard at the beginning you could end up with fatigue that could set you back and discourage your progress.. when i started i used to like to jog slowly for a bit at the beginning till i started getting out of breath, then i would walk for awhile before starting to do spurts of jogging by picking a point up ahead to jog to before slowing it down to a walk again.. i think this is a great form of exercise because it also allows you to get out and spend some very peaceful time on the road or trail enjoying fresh air and sunshine

when it comes to anaerobic exercise, i recommend starting with alternating sets of simple push-ups and crunches.. a lot of girls have trouble with push-ups especially at first, so you will probably be best starting with a 'modified push-up' from your knees.. again, just stay within your limits at first and on the first few days don't go so hard that you can't repeat every day or every other day

may be a good idea to alternate cardio and weight-bearing exercise days

good luck, and have fun :-)
Glad you're on the mend, Catalyst, and striving toward fitness, without which true health is impossible. Pls. remember that exercise is cumulative. For example, six easy 5 min walks spread over a day have at least the same benefit of one 30 min walk that might initially be too exhausting in itself. These habitual mini exercise sets can be even better as they condition the body to move regularly, just as we would in nature.
Namaste
(oh yes, can't say enough good things about yoga--gentle and flexibility/strength enhancing)
thanks everyone for these, this is great information, and i'll look forward to putting it into practice :-))

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