Does anyone have problems exercising with epilepsy? I have not had a seizure in 2 years but kind of worried an exercise program might induce a seizure. I will be exercising to increase cardio health not weight loss.
I suggest easing into an exercise routine. Work-out for maybe ten minutes for 5 to 7 days and if you don't feel any adverse effect, then increase the amount of time and the intensity of your work-out. Also, exercise in an air conditioned environment or outside when it not too hot and humid. Basically, make sure you don't get over heated.
@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member - you've received some good comments from people. Yes, somewhat varied but I think these perhaps reflect different types of Epilepsy (i.e positions in the brain, etc) that people have.
My experience (I have left temporal lobe Epilepsy) over the last 7 yrs was this; since I am both a fast trail bike rider and power walker type, I initially lost the ability to bike & walk by myself; I would "lose" consciousness; even though my eyes were still open I was kinda out of it; because of this, my doctors banned me from biking for a few yrs; plus I could only walk with my wife so I wouldn't walk into a tree.
However, things have gotten better. My brain surgery happened 2 yrs ago & I have regained both my trail bike riding skills (OK, maybe a little slower but still good) and my power walking skills. It's great to be back into my cardio exercise activities. But, I always wear my Epilepsy bracelet, just in case.
I'd suggest you take things one step at a time for your cardio exercise goals. It's great you are 2 yrs free of seizures (I am at 15 months) so keep up the great work!
When it comes to exercises, you may want start with low endurance exercises . Then gradually increase the endurance level by so much until you know what your limits are.
I workout at home. Being in shape makes epilepsy easier in alot of ways, I think.
I find that as I get fitter, the less likely I am to have seizures. But I need to make sure I am eating properly and fully hydrated. I’ve done long runs, and triathlons and am about to run very day in January to raise money for charity. I make sure to have ID with me, I have a watch that tracks where I am, and if I’m in a gym class, I tell the instructor that I have epilepsy and what to do if I have a seizure. Don’t stop it from letting you exercise.