Advice to increase exercise stamina?

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Question from Peggy: I am a year out of treatment. I want to start exercising again, but I feel so weak. I get winded just climbing a flight of stairs. Any advice?
Answers - Melinda Irwin First, the fact that you're just starting to think of an exercise program is great. That's usually the hardest step. Climbing a flight of stairs is considered a vigorous activity—that's why you're getting winded. So focus on a more moderate activity, or even lighter intensity programs, such as instruction programs or Pilates or yoga, which will maybe make you feel overall less winded. Add in some walking, even if it's just 10 minutes a day. Then you can do 10 minutes out a couple times a day. Then maybe that 10 minutes turns into 15 minutes.

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