I suffer from chronic anaemia which has been identified by my Doctor as the cause of various health problems I am having. One of these is weight gain. The anaemia leaves me feel exhausted all the time and for a few years now I have been getting the energy I need to get through the day by reaching for a sugar hit. This helped keep me alert but it also helped me pile on the pounds.
I am now on a serious regime to get my Iron levels up but I am unsure what to do about exercising. Since I have been chronically anaemic I have found any kind of work out very difficult so much so that I find it hard to breath and get chest pains. I had these checked out at the hospital and they are caused by my severe anemia.
My doctor says to lay off any strenuous exersice until my hemoglobin and stored iron levels come up but I would really like to start doing something to start losing weight as soon as possible. I plan to adopt a Low GI wholefood diet to try and keep my energy levels stable and to do some exercise a few times a week. However I have been told that working out can deplete iron reserves in the body so I don’t what what I am doing to be counter productive.
What kind of exercise do you think I could start to take now to help me lose weight without it affecting my recovery from chronic anemia?
Would things like walking, swimming, yoga and dancing be okay?
Note: I am 31 and about 50lbs over weight.