I want to get to two flights of stairs, but I don't know how!
September 18, 2011 10:36 AM Subscribe
Starting from "oh my gosh the stairs are killing me," what is reasonable progress in terms of fitness?
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! to health & fitness (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I am currently in a depressed episode and have been for a long time. In 2009 I was beating some of the joggers when I walked the 5k - not great times, but pretty OK. Now I'm getting winded taking the stairs one flight up. Part of that is the depression (I'm fighting the desperate urge to sleep all the time right now) but part of it is the fact that I haven't been moving at all for months.
Right now I'm managing about three to seven one-minute bursts of energy at a time. Things like taking one flight of stairs, walking the trash out to the dumpsters, walking from my car to the front door of a restaurant, stretching out slowly on my exercise ball. Usually with 15 to 60 minute breaks in between. This is up from one or two bursts a day a few weeks ago. This level of exertion appears to be my limit - I am wiped out, sweating like mad, when I'm finished with any of them.
But I need to know how much I should be aiming for. I promised my therapist one 15-minute try three days a week, but I'm not making it past 2 minutes at any one time, or 7 or 8 minutes total, most days.
Should I be trying for more bursts (like, 10 a day) or shorter breaks (5 minutes) or longer bursts (3 minutes)? Bearing in mind I am truly out of breath, unable to talk, falling over tired after three minutes of spraying weed-killer on my 100 square-foot patio.
(I am 5'4", 30, female, 265 lbs, and have gained 10 lbs in the last two months, but two years ago I was walking a 17:45 mile and was losing weight.)