How to keep fit. How to keep fit when just putting on shoes becomes a creative intervention? When pulling on the left pantleg becomes an exercise in contortion and, at times, comedy? I have never been an athlete, but walking and swimming have always been two things that I love to do. The swimming is still possible and I do swim in the summer months in an outdoor pool. It is heated by the sunlight, so that option disappears once the summer is over. I can no longer walk in any way that could be construed as ‘cardiovascularly challenging’. So…….what’s the exercise regime?
I have one side that is fully functional; the other side has a leg that can only lift 1-2 inches off the ground and an arm that cannot fully extend upward and, when stretched, goes into spasm and becomes almost unruly. I have purchased some arm weights and will begin that process. I have a stationary bike that I will truly try to spend more time with; it’s a job just keeping my left foot on the pedal. My Dr. pointed out that riding a bike is actually strengthening the very muscles that spasm and advised that I pedal backwards in order to strengthen the appropriate muscles. Not a problem, I can pedal backwards! But my bicycle does not allow a rider to pedal in the ‘wrong direction’. It’s been a long time since I’ve had my heart up to a taxing rate. So now I wonder if my arteries are clogging up with a sedentary flow of sluggish blood just waiting to zoom around once again. Will I ever zoom again?
I live in a remote area without gyms or body-attending services. My exercise regime will be self-motivated and self-functioning. That motivation has, so far, been non-existent in reality though very strong in intention.
I’ll let you know how it goes.