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I would say, go with the Wii but also walk as and when you can, especially in one of the big parks if you can, as then you'll be getting fresher air than the big busy London streets.......think about travelling above ground if you can, too.
Hope you gradually improve your fitness levels and the white cells behave themselves very soon. xxx
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Hi Laura, a few months after my SCT I went back to my Pilates class, which was great for building strength gently. In fact it was harder work walking to the class! A good instructor should be aware of your capabilities and help you to increase your strength without overdoing things. This and walking outside work for me.
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Macmillan have some info on exercise and cancer, which might be helpful if you haven't seen it http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Physicalactivity/Physicalactivity.aspx Exercise can help with fatigue.
I don't see why the gym would be a waste of money, if you like using it and are well enough to do so. We all have to start somewhere, and the time you can spend on the treadmill and so forth will improve with time. You may find things improve quite quickly as you recover your fitness. I pay to use the gym, even though after chemo (not SCT) I can lift maybe 20-30% of what I could (and that's a big improvement over what it was when I first went back!)
Especially when starting up, it's important to choose something you like doing and can stick to. I don't think it matters too much whether it's gym or brisk walks or wii or something else - anywhere could be a good start, but the main thing is to start.
I'm now +67 days post allo SCT and started doing Pilates twice a week almost immediately after leaving the hospital. What I like about it is that it really works different muscles (to the point where you are sometimes left shaking) but it doesn't leave you panting or completely tired out. Because there is often so much muscle loss during the long hospital stay, this has felt like a good way to start getting back into shape. I've also tried to do a lot of walking in the neighbourhood in place of cardio exercise. I bought a very basic pedometer so I can set goals for myself and monitor progress. Hope that helps.
Daughter said the first 100 days post allo go slowly, you are trying to gently but steadily improve fitness and build up again after being off food, both due to hospital food and sore mouth/throat, but once that first 100 days go by then as you are able to do more, then time seems to speed up again!
|She's doing ok, over 10 months post allo now, but due to 8 years of treatment on and off, still needing packed red cells as her Hb levels don't keep up very well yet.
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