Narcolepsy and Exercise
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by patient expert Lauren Mergen.
Lately, I was feeling especially bored with my workout routine. I tried to spice it up by incorporating new exercises, doing more yoga and more interval training. But I stopped seeing the same results I was this summer. What was I doing wrong? Frustrated, I decided to meet with a personal trainer to refocus on my goals.
Should I run on the treadmill or outside? Should I work on distance, pace or high intensity interval training? Is running the most efficient way for me to burn calories? What about weight training? More weights, less repetitions? I was overwhelmed with information.
My trainer and I discussed my narcolepsy and other health issues, my current workout routine and eating habits. Though weight loss is my main goal, my trainer and I did not set a specific goal weight. In the end, I told my trainer I would like to be stronger and feel healthy and fit. I’m not sure what it feels like, but I think when I reach my goal, I’ll feel it. I’m not aiming for a number on the scale, but to improve my endurance and strength. The smaller number will follow.
He crafted a plan focused on cardio, (mostly running) weight training and clean eating. After one week of training with him, I have had a hard time walking down the stairs.
Have you ever used a personal trainer? What is your favorite form of exercise?