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    Endurance!!!!!!!! Where cab I buy some????

    I wear out so fast that it's pathetic, yesterday I managed to do 5 steady minutes on the handcycle but geee... it was murder. Does that change as u exercise or is their a trick to gain some?


    ...and the soul afraid of dyin'... That never learns to live...
    Thoughts become things, choose the good ones!

    #2
    Polett

    The best way is to keep working out and the endurance will eventually come. There are a few things you might try to build up your tolerance in the meantime. If you can't go more than 5 minutes then do 5 minutes, rest some (a couple of minutes or more if you need it) and try doing 5 more minutes or whatever you can do. Try doing this several times even if you can't do 5 minutes all the time do what you can do. Eventually you will see the 5 minutes getting longer and the rest periods getting shorter and eventually eliminated from your workouts.

    If I have gotten away from my cardio workouts for a period of time I find it takes a week to 2 weeks before I start to feel comfortable again. Have fun and stay with it. A month from now you won't believe that 5 minutes was that difficult.

    Steve

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      #3
      My endurance isn't good either, being anemic and having low blood pressure doesn't help. If your problem is the latter a mild stimulant like coffee or the prescription drug Modafinil might help.

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        #4
        if it is at all possible try your local pool. talk to your dr. i am an in complete quad who started out using the lift and being totally exhausted stayed with it tho and can manage stairs to some degree my whole body functions better and with less pain and more endurance than i thought possible. but like he said what ever exercise stay with it. it will get easeir and i have found the same thing away from it and it takes awhile to get back up to par good luck. dont give up dont give in
        irish

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          #5
          exercise on a regular basis is the key. A few years ago after five miles or so on the handcycle I would be huffing and puffing. Now after even 30 miles, I feel like going another 30 and am not even tired and yet I am 3 years older. In order to build up this endurance requires a lot of patiance, effort and motivation though. Its like anything else in life, you get out what you put into it.

          "Life is about how you
          respond to not only the
          challenges you're dealt but
          the challenges you seek...If
          you have no goals, no
          mountains to climb, your
          soul dies".~Liz Fordred
          "Life is about how you
          respond to not only the
          challenges you're dealt but
          the challenges you seek...If
          you have no goals, no
          mountains to climb, your
          soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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            #6
            FES helps a lot. But I find endurance to still be a key issue for me. I think it's because I was a quad for twenty years before I started exercising regularly. I think it will take a lot of hard work before I can fully regain all that I lost.

            ~See you at the SCIWire-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~
            ~See you at the CareCure-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~

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              #7
              Originally posted by Curtis:

              exercise on a regular basis is the key. A few years ago after five miles or so on the handcycle I would be huffing and puffing. Now after even 30 miles, I feel like going another 30 and am not even tired and yet I am 3 years older. In order to build up this endurance requires a lot of patiance, effort and motivation though. Its like anything else in life, you get out what you put into it.
              LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL... Curtis, if I go as far as 1 mile, it would be cause someone is lying to motivate me. Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of every minute I achieve, I love going to the gym, I'm even strating to feel a bit diference on my triceps and abs... my prob now is that I'll only have the student helping me 'till august as her intership is over then. I'll be on my own after that and still trying to figure out what to do, cause I need assistance getting setup on the machines and a trainer is more that i can afford. But I'll manage something... we'll c.
              As for the handbike, I'm up to 5min. & 5min. can't do 10 straight cause my arms just pass out and force me into a 2 min. break. I'm thinking to ask them to leave me on it for half hour and i'll take my breaks and stuff (I have to be tied onto the handles)... I just think that the longer i'm on it, the more i'll c.
              Yesterday when I left my bp or sugar must have dropped that i had to go get a thing of orange juice... geeee are they a nightmare to open, good thing i have good teeth... all though, my jaw is giving up on me, oh well...


              ...and the soul afraid of dyin'... That never learns to live...
              Thoughts become things, choose the good ones!

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                #8
                Polett- Exercise is only half the battle for endurance. You need to eat right. Just drinking a cup of java may give you an energy boost but you still need nutrients for your muscles to recover. Cut back on the carbs and sugars and eat more protein. Protein is used to build, repair, and maintain muscle, ligaments and tendons. If protein intake is not enough, protein (muscle) will be broken down and used for energy. Protein can be from egg whites, skinless chicken & turkey, and fish. Protein bars and drinks also work.

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                10/08/01
                "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO' what a ride!"

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                  #9
                  Creatine helps my endurance.


                  You'd better get a big gun 'cause I'm not dead yet."
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                    #10
                    creatine seems to improve my endurance also.

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                      #11
                      Creatine gives me gas - lol. [img]/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif[/img]

                      Other than that its good stuff (supplement).

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                        #12
                        Several studies have shown that it is much more difficult for those with tetraplegia to get cardiovascular benefit (and build endurance) with aerobic exercise than it is for ABs or those with paraplegic injuries. This is thought to be due to decreased sympathetic innervation to the heart, which is what increases heart rate and stroke volume during exercise.

                        This is one of the reason that some athletes with higher level injuries deliberately cause AD, as it increases stroke volume and blood pressure increasing (at least in theory) performance. It is a very potentially dangerous practice though.

                        (KLD)
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                          #13
                          Creatine is good but it needs to be cycled. Since it occurs naturaly in your body you can reach a point that it has no benefit to you. I cycle for six weeks. Four on two off. Here is a basic review if anyones interested.

                          http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/cr...onohydrate.htm

                          T-10 complete
                          10/08/01
                          "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO' what a ride!"

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                            #14
                            Body fuel and hydration principles are essential to endurance building, just as they are to all aspects of human performance.

                            Creatine provides energy to muscles, especially for quick, explosive moves. That's why it's such a popular supplement with weight lifters. So, while it might improve your workouts and help build muscle, the purported endurance benefits are being misinterpreted.

                            KLD brings up a good point about cardiovascular conditioning. Regarding my own workouts, I was very surprised to discover how difficult it was, despite intense physical exertion, to raise my heart rate to an appropriate training level. The implication being that a longer workout at a sub-target-heart-rate level is considerably less beneficial than a 30 minute sustained effort workout at a predetermined optimal heart rate. Once I became aware of the condition that KLD refers to, I was able to redirect my efforts (over time) toward learning how to elevate my heart rate to an appropriate fitness enhancing level.

                            Monitoring the heart rate during workouts can be an effective means of gauging cardiovascular benefit. My heart-rate-monitor has helped me eliminate conditioning deficiencies that I wasn't even aware of previously.
                            Know Thyself

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                              #15
                              Doesn't sympathetic innervation extend down to T5? My urologist won't give viagra to anyone higher than T6 due to possible blood pressure problems.

                              I have never had low blood pressure problems. I even take cardura for urinary indications and yet still don't have problems. My blood pressure yesterday was 110 over something.

                              Anyway, I wonder if incompleteness can help us quads? If I haven't FES biked in a few weeks then 1/8 resistance on my bike will kick my cardio butt. However, after only a few rides I'm loving 2/8 and considering my move back up to 3/8.

                              OTOH, when I'm pedaling I often experience detrusor/sphincter disynergia. The FES causes bladder contractions and also causes tightening of sphincters. Oooops. Not a good combination. But it will definitely raise my blood pressure while biking. So, maybe I'm benefiting from that.

                              ~See you at the SCIWire-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~
                              ~See you at the CareCure-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~

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