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I have chosen to make walking my main exercise, and I also do Pilates now. This has been really helpful in terms of gaining back some muscle mass and mobility that I lost during the downtime after surgery and radiation.
For me, getting back to my fighting shape - or whatever you want to call it - and using exercise to do that, has been so important. I want to feel strong again, and I want my body to be as strong as possible. For me, having one lung has meant that I've had to take exercise slowly, and build up endurance little by little. But I've been amazed at how much I'm now able to do. The cardio has been so important to expand the one lung that I have left so that I'm able to do more things. It was hard at first, but it's gotten much easier.
I remember specifically the day that I was able to walk three miles. I recalled what I had been able to do the year before (which was to barely walk around the block), and was amazed at the progress. Mentally, it's just so important to look back and to give yourself a moment to remember where you were, and how far you've come.
Now, I exercise almost out of gratitude that I'm able to do so, and out of marvel at what my body can do with one lung.
I never liked exercising! If I had two healthy lungs today, I'm not sure how much exercising I'd do. I'd probably be playing tennis but going to the gym was probably my least favorite thing.
Now I have no choice, so I go to the gym seven days a week. I have to relearn breathing, so my diaphragm is really important to how I breathe. It really should be for everybody, but for me it's essential.
I have to think of everything, I can't take any chances.
Every time I'm in the gym I try to do a little more if I can, but there are days I just don't feel good so those days I just challenge myself to do the best I can.