exercise question

Hi all,

Been off for a while so good to say hi again.

I know there a few folks on here that work out quite a bit so I have a quick question...I'm trying to find a good ab toning exercise that won't put a lot of pressure or strain on my PM. Mine is located just under collar bone, left side. Crunches are too uncomfortable on the site for now. I need something a little more gentle, until I can work up to crunches.

I am doing 25 minutes daily on an elliptical. That has helped a lot with weight loss but not getting my abs toned much.

Any advice is appreciated!



Try these

by boatman50 - 2008-02-17 01:02:57

I am no super specimen to be sure, but these have helped me and do not hurt the pm area.
I do leg lifts, bicycles, and 4 types of crunches:
with my hands on my thighs, knees bent I slide up with my hand reaching my knees

with legs straight hands on thighs reaching for knees
and then the same two over again but reaching for the ceiling. I never have my hands behind my neck.

Good luck and I hope this is clear enough, Boatman

Ab exercises

by busby - 2008-02-17 09:02:41

Hi Theresa
I have been going to the gym for a few years now, before and after my PM. One type of ab exercise could be doing what they call a hover or plank where you support yourself facing down on the floor on your elbows and toes with your back straight as a plank for as long as you can hold it. Another would be lying on your back with legs straight in the air and slowly lowering one or both legs close to the floor and lifting them slowly back up, with your arms on the floor. Hope this could help. I have more trouble with upper arm movements like fit boxing or raising arms suddenly above my head. I think I just worry about the wires then.


by TKS - 2008-02-18 01:02:01

Great suggestions...thanks so much! Hopefully I can whittle some of my belly away using these exercises...LOL


core exercises

by gevans - 2008-03-02 03:03:01

Hi T,
There are plenty of great core exercises out there for the abs. Besides the crunches and planks, I too love leg lifts. They can be started on the floor until your PM is fully seated (but it sounds as if yours may have been sited too close to the clavicle) so once your leads are seated (usually 4 - 6 wks) and you can hang from a bar without discomfort try doing knee lifts (and eventually straight legs) while hanging. Some gyms also have a "Roman chair" where you are elbow based for leg lifts.

Don't be afraid to ask others at your facility, or if you workout at home - check out books or tapes from the library.


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