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From: Karen (
Subject: Re: Need exercise help.
Date: July 25, 2005 at 12:31 pm PST

In Reply to: Need exercise help. posted by Rocket Scientist on July 18, 2005 at 8:04 am:

If you can find someone to walk with you (so you can walk and talk), you might not find that your thoughts get away from you.

Have you tried any team sports? Dragonboat racing and curling in winter are two of my favourites. (Curling doesn't sound like a ton of exercise, and it's not, but it's very relaxing and you can work up a light sweat sweeping.)

With respect to biking, does your bike have gears? If not, I'd suggest borrowing one that does and trying again. Also, how quickly are you biking such that you end up exhausted? The best way to ease into biking is to treat it as a mode of transportation (even if it's just taking you to the library or the mail box or whatever). Who cares how quickly you go as long as you get there? Relax, slow down, enjoy the scenery.

If you're worried about getting a flat, have someone show you how to change one. Or bike in areas where you know you'll be able to get home if you do get a flat, whether by walking, calling for a ride, or using public transportation. In my community, all buses have bike racks. I just carry a bus ticket when I bike.

Pick up your community's activity guide and see if there's anything that interests you.

Don't beat yourself up if you get tired or out of breath when you do things. If you decide you want to try aerobics again, follow the class when you can, and when you can't step side to side and move your arms until you're comfortable joining the class again.

Make a list of things you enjoyed as a child or young adult, and think about whether you would like to try them again.

Good luck with finding an excercise you enjoy, and with your depression.

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