Gym vs Walking for weight control/stamina to counter ADT side effects

Posted by samidh @samidh, Jul 23 6:29am

I am 73+ years old. I have been on Abiraterone 1000g & Prednisolone 5mg daily, Zoladex 8mg every three months since mid-Oct 22, and have had Tomotherapy radiation in Feb 23. I have been walking daily for 5 km in 50 mins. Four months ago I fractured my ankle and I had to stop walking. In these four months, I gained 12 pounds weight, mostly in my stomach, and have lost complete stamina. Started walking again 3 weeks ago and initially could barely walk 500m. Gradually getting better and today I am walking 3.5 km. But I walk on the jogging track in my condo which is concrete and maybe my knees are bearing the brunt of it.

Does anyone go to a gym instead of walking, and if so, what equipment do you use?

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I am glad to hear that you are recovering from the ankle issue, these drugs are no fun for anyone. I tend to walk outside and when possible I try to walk on grass/dirt. Keep going, I think walking and also getting up/down are the most important activities.

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I go to the gym. I typically use an indoor bike or elliptical for 45-60 minutes to get my cardio along with swimming, 500-1000 meters.

For bone, joint and muscle, I lift weights.

When the weather is decent, I ride my bike, 25-35 miles, not this week with the humidity and 95+ temperatures here in Kansas City, the gym it is!

Kevin

Kevin

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I am 73 years old and walk with Nordic poles for balance but also get the benefit of resistance training for arms and upper body. I try to do 10000 steps 5 times a week. I have been on Lupron for 2 years …weight gain has been my biggest issue…keep on moving👍

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My preference is weight bearing and outside; so I walk also.
I wear Hokas, Bondi 8 currently, which is a very padded shoe. There are other models.
There are soft tracks at some schools and parks.
Inside, treadmills (limited padding), elipticals, bikes, rowing machines (hard-core), steppers…
Good luck with your recovery and keep on truckin'.

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Try Pilates. It’s weight bearing, provides great flexibility, and has no impact on the bones.

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or even yoga, I did yoga for a few months post surgery, was very helpful to get me back into the gym.

I'm running 2 miles at a time 4 times a week on a treadmill, plus weight training at the gym. As you seem to be seeing with the walking, if I miss a week like I just did working an out of state conference, it's REALLY hard to get back up to the same endurance. Baby steps, I just try to do a extra 1/4 mile without stopping each day till I get back to the 2 miles uninterrupted. I also do the two miles though, even if it's a run/walk while getting my stamina back.

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Very helpful, thanks. Thats what I'm trying to do. Last 25 days, I've graduated from 500m to 3.5km.

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It's not either/or, of course, but both. Walking up and down hills, rather than on the flats, helps retard bone loss as well as improve heart/lung/blood vessel function.

In the gym/weight room, I spend 30-40 minutes twice a week. Mostly upper body work: bench and military press, lat pull downs, tri- and bi-cep curls,, shoulder raises (deltoids). Also, the leg press sled. Lower weights, more reps helps prevent joint and muscle injury.

Don't forget more protein in the diet.

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ADT weight gain is hard on the body and worse on the mind. I do a combination of walking/weights/swimming/tie-chi and yoga for the body 90 mins a day and practice some combination of mindful nutrition, reading, writing, mediation and intentional sociableness 90 minutes a day.

The weight is still with me but at a much slower pace.

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My newest activity is starting standing up, getting on the ground, getting up, and repeating. Do it for 60 minutes while watching the news. Try it!

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