There are times when my muscles seize up and fatigue keeps me from being able to do anything. Because everything I do takes such extraordinary effort to complete, I find myself sitting down quite a lot. Things like taking a shower, running an errand or just making a sandwich have a tendency to wear me out. It’s terrible when my body doesn’t cooperate and even worse when that’s how the day begins.
That’s my morning already today. I woke up and it seems my body is still in sleep mode and I can’t find the escape key. I made my way into the living room and planted myself on the couch with my laptop. Days like today make me feel so unproductive. In my mind I need to be doing something, not just sitting on the couch.
But you know, there really is a lot I can do while sitting down. I’ve become pretty good at it too. I can work from my computer until my hands give up on me. I can watch a movie, organize my to-do list for tomorrowm and I can rest. Yes, rest! I can call a friend for a laugh. I can even listen to the next chapter of my newest audio book.
Another thing I can do while sitting down is exercise. Yikes!!! Did I really say that?
Yes, I did. That terrible, horrible E word was mentioned. Ugh…I need to wash my mouth out with soap.
Off and on, for a year and a half, I had physical therapy twice a week. My physical therapist, Nancy, was an amazing lady. She taught me more about my muscles and how to keep them moving than I ever thought possible. I learned techniques to manage my fatigue, ways to stretch my tightened muscles and even how to work with the dizziness I experience which has a tendency to send me toppling to the floor in seconds.
During the time I was with her I went from walking with a cane, to using a walker, to a chair. She saw me through each process. It was a bit unnerving for me to see my progression moving so rapidly, but Nancy knew how to keep me moving even if all I could do was sit in a chair.
She recently started recording her exercise routines and techniques to post online. Her Youtube channel is ChairFit with Nancy. I love the name. So fitting for what she does. You will be amazed at all the things you can do from a chair to keep your body moving. Everything from stretching to cardio. (Yes, you can do cardio from a chair.)
Go check her videos out. They are still a work in progress but filled with great information. Here’s my favorite video and one that I have been using every day…even when I’m too weak to do anything else. I can tell you this, once I am done with just 15 minutes with her, my body thanks me. I don’t feel as if I’ve done nothing with my day. I actually feel like I’ve accomplished something and am taking charge of my body. It’s worth it.