exercise is important Hi Frankie: Yes, exercise is important, but you are wise to realize that in your acute stage, you should not exercise at this time. There is such a fine line between the right amount, and too much. My orthopedic Doc has been very firm on that point. He is always reigning me in. Whenever I get into trouble, and on occasion it has been every two weeks, it was a direct result of too much exercise. Most people and Doctors would look at the amount and say, no, that's not too much. Usually he says exercise every other day. Trial and error is the way we figure it all out. He has said that I am very in tune to my body, and yet, I see that same body awareness in all of you. I think we are more sensitive, therefore we evaluate and understand more what is happening within because what is happening in our lives. I am still in this "hit the wall" feeling, with the strained eyes, headache, over tired, etc., so I did exercise today, but kept it to a gentle 10 laps instead of the normal 20. It was the 30 laps on last Saturday that I am still paying for. I find the heart rate discussion during exercise very interesting, because I am always very aware of my heart rate during my swims or walks, and I swim in slow motion to keep from getting it pounding, which is also the stage where my arms will burn. Maybe for other athletes, a good muscle burn is a good thing. Not for me. That means way too much physical trouble following the exercise. One of the most valuable things shared with me was to keep track of my exercise on a calendar. It helps me to not do too much, and also not to skip too many days. Either situation ends up with weakened muscles and increased body pain.