Episode notes: Today Ruth talks about the need to exercise regularly but to do it in such a way that it builds and increases strength rather than draining the body and destroying motivation.
Ruth is a stroke survivor sharing tips and advice for rehab, recovery and healthy living including nutrition, exercises, personal care, healing and maintaining a grateful attitude. She can be found online at http://stroke.global were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... it’s been a while since we talked about exercise and I wanted to spend our time today to talk about how important it is to set up a regular time each day to exercise a bit. You know there are those that spend countless hours each day working out or walking and I applaud that if it is in your ability to do but for those who struggle with the simplest task I want you to know I hear you!
Often it can be a struggle to do the simplest things... or those things that seem simple. Initially I did all my exercises in bed and in the early morning when I had more energy. It’s true that energy is like the sun.... rises in the mornings and sets in the evening. Core exercises are the most necessary, rolling, turning and bending. They are necessary for getting up, getting out of bed, a chair.... slow and simple... precise and planned. When you are laying in bed you can do rolls, leg lifts, set ups, arm lifts, eye focus exercises... a lot before getting up.
Then from the seated position you can rotate ankle joints, bend and straighten the knee, wiggle toes and finally you can practice standing and sitting on the edge of the bed. A complete initial 10 to 15 minute work out while getting up! It’s great and simple to implement. Usually the best things happen in the shortest time. Long workouts typically wear out the body and do not build strength but steal it. Unfortunately we are often taught to “tough it out” or push it! Just the opposite... especially early on after our stroke. We need to move it or loose it! We need to do the things that will build us up... but not exhaustive to our bodies.
If we slowly build and expand our “exercises” rather than push then we allow and promote healing simultaneously. We have been told so many times that we only have weeks or a few months to see things return.... that’s hogwash! Pushing does not promote healing but amplifies injury or the chance that it will happen!
One of the things that I came to understand is that we are internally motivated by one of two things... love or fear. It is amazing how much “fear” is used to manipulate behavior and actions. I must confess I was shocked after speaking with the chief medical officer (the number 1 doctor) of one of the largest health insurance companies only to be told and discover that they are more interested in costs than the long term success or care of the patient. The medical professionals, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and clinics have all learned how to play the game and make their money. And if you had any doubt or question they are for profit entities.
Well, I guess I’ve never been interested in playing games...only winning in life and getting ahead physically. By choosing early on to accept responsibility for my healing and recovery I’ve come further, faster and cheaper than by following the status quo. For those of you that need help or are seeking answers...reach out! Unlike others I’m interested only in helping you.
Well, I've got a new grandson to check out so it’s time to close for today...Thanks so much for joining me and remember to visit the stroke.global ( “onlinerehabilitation.org” ) web site often and give us your feedback! I also hope you’ll join me tomorrow...
As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing with you today.... thank you! I pray that you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes, Spreaker, & Google Play and have links on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us rise in the ranks so we can continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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