(Closed) Pneumonia set me back

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sorry to hear – if you are anything like me you are probably your worst critic.  I actually dealt with this early this year. 

I spoke to my trainer and she suggested to eat lots of yogurt to build the good bacteria in the body up.  Secondly, start slow and focus on weight training and classes like yoga or pilates.  Then slowly get into cardio. 

Hope all works out well, just and FYI, I’m back to going 5 days a week but it took me 2 months to get back into that routine.

Post # 5
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Awe I am soooo sorry! It sucks when a sickness sets you back!

Just don’t push it until your body is ready – focus on caloric intake to try and lose weight right now and eat really healthy (with a multivitamin) to help boost your intake!

When your body is ready you will feel GREAT when you get back into it!

Post # 6
685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hiya…yeah you’re going to hate your lungs for a while.

My advice would be to keep your heart rate training zone at around 60%.  If you feel as though you can handle more, up it gradually.  To find your training zone: 220 – your age = your maximum heart rate.  From there you can find 60%.

Be patient, I know it sucks…believe me I was in a car accident that left me with half a functioning left lung.  Give it some time.  Did anyone go over breathing exercies with you to help open up your lungs?

Post # 8
2634 posts
Sugar bee

Just take it slowly!  Eventually it’ll start to come back and you’ll do great!   Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 9
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I just got diagnosed with pneumonia and your post is bumming me out!  I have a triathlon, a marathon relay, and a 5k coming up in a month!  And I was gonna do a half marathon in November. I was like “well, I’ll take until I finish the antibiotics off and then start again.”

How bad is it to start back up? Am I going to want to die? Am I going to actually die? 

My thinking was to start by taking it easy on the cardio and do more strength training to build muscle while my lungs are recovering.  Also maybe yoga (once I can balance again – this disease is messed up!!!!).  Have you tried any of these?

Agreed on the yogurt – apparently the anti-biotics I’m taking are messing with the buildup of good bacteria I have, so I’m supposed to eat yogurt (esp w/ probiotics) to build it back up.  You may be in the same boat. 

Can you tell me more about these breathing exercises? 

(Sorry to TOTALLY hijak your post. I just found out yesterday and I’m a pretty serious athlete and I’m kinda freaking out.) 

Post # 10
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Pneumonia is nothing to mess around with… my husband (then FI) got it about a year and a half ago. He had pneumonia for about a week, which then proceeded to a secondary staph infection to collapse one of this lungs and fill the other partially with fluid. He was admitted from the ER, had surgery, spent 10 days in the hospital and missed a month of work… all with zero risk factors for it (healthy, not a smoker, fit, exercizes, etc). So, my only advice is to take it slow and talk to your pulmonologist! Good luck!


PS- Darling Husband is now healthy as a horse! After his surgery his doc said his lungs are ‘better than new’. 🙂

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