In our last few posts we’ve talked at length about the virtues of regular exercise for helping with the symptoms of
· Diabetic neuropathy
· Peripheral neuropathy
· Post-chemotherapy neuropathy
· Autonomic neuropathy
But what we haven’t addressed is that, depending upon what part of your you’re your neuropathy affects, you may need to modify your exercise routine to keep from developing some more serious problems.
Here’s something else to consider when designing your exercise routine:
Think About Your Heart and Circulatory System
If your neuropathy affects your heart or any part of your circulatory system, your exercise options could be limited. Discuss your options with your doctor before you start exercising. There are many options for exercise that will have a dramatic positive effect on your health but not push your heart beyond its limits.
Watch Out For Temperature Extremes
Neuropathy, specifically autonomic neuropathy, can have an adverse effect on how well your body regulates its temperature. If you don’t sweat like a normal person (you either sweat too much or not enough) your body is not regulating its temperature as it should. Also, avoid exercise in extreme temperatures (i.e., don’t do “hot” yoga or go for a walk when it’s freezing outside). Your neuropathy is going to limit how well your body can actually adjust to those temperature extremes.
And drink lots of water. A well-hydrated body is better equipped to control its temperature.
Next time, we’ll talk about a checklist of things you need to keep at the front of your mind as you design your exercise program for the new year.