When you are disabled movement can become something you just want to ignore. It can be difficult, even painful, whether walking to the kitchen or riding a bike. Sometimes it's just easier to sit on the couch and watch a show on H.G.T.V. ( my absolute favorite channel!) Unfortunately, my body needs to move and get the blood flowing, my nerves firing, and my muscles working. So this is my blog on movement and how it helps me stay fit, strong, and sane. That being said, I do have a word of caution. Before you start any type of exercise, check with your Doctor first! My team of Doctors have all approved my exercise routines, but that is for.......Me!
Three years ago I had my knee replaced. After my surgery I received physical therapy for several months, and then my Neurologist recommended that I begin an exercise routine. He believed that the perfect exercise would be, Pilates. He explained that exercise was going to have to be a priority in my life if I wanted to continue walking. I listened!
Pilates is a series of non-impact exercises that develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness. Because of my disease strenuous exercise is a no-no, as I'm sure it is to many of you. Pilates is a great way for me to exercise, because it helps keep my muscles stretched and flexible. The muscles in my legs would get so tight that it felt like they were twisting like overgrown grapevine on a fence. Regular Pilates workouts help not only the muscles in my legs, but it also strengthens my core. A strong core is vital to someone like me that is prone to falls, acting like a gyroscope in my abdomen to help keep me level.
I started my fitness journey with an amazing instructor who I will call my angel in a leotard! She not only taught me my Pilates exercises, but she also instructed me on each muscle and the importance it has our bodies. At times we would use a reformer (apparatus used in Pilates that looks like a medieval torture device), but we would also use stability balls, Thera- bands, and various other types of equipment. I worked with my angel for a year and a half, and in that time I became much more flexible, more balanced, and in general better health. I can't say that I never fall anymore, but since I'm more flexible, it's less harsh on my body. I now apply everything she taught me to my exercises at home, faithfully! I love to exercise! Wow, I never thought I'd say that! The muscles in my legs have improved, greatly. I still get tight and stiff, but it is so much better, and my body can definitely tell if I've missed an exercise session for some reason. My body craves movement!
I hope you have found a way to put movement in your life. Remember to always ask your Doctor before starting any exercise routine. Taking care of our bodies is a priority, if we want to enhance the quality of our lives.
Are you able to exercise, and what kind do you do?
Until next time,