There’s a lot I can do from a chair

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.

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Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

21 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    She’s good. When I was on respite care there was a lady who took an exercise program that incorporated some her exercises as well. But not all of them!. I have found these exercises are helpful in my journey as well. I use different ‘tools’ for different times. If I move around the house I free-style without many time stick-less. If outside I use the trolley or sticks. But for longer distances, like a Mall or any shopping I use a chair (which was made FOR me by the Hospital system) but need others to help me, as I can’t drive any more.

    It is good tov see people do care for us. hanks for the chance to see that.

  2. Heather Adsit says:

    Penelope…. you are such an inspiring person 🙂

    Your so right 🙂 So much can be done from a chair 🙂

    My chair days come and go. I’ve learned I can do allot from a chair.
    So much…. I got new chairs that I can sit at and do dishes and things 🙂

    With kids… I had to get creative. I have work stations through the my tiny home 🙂

    When I get weak or tired… I do those chores with a chair.
    I even have changing station with a chair near bye 🙂

    I love workouts sitting 🙂
    I keep light weights in my little work out room 🙂

    It’s amazing how the small things count more than we think 🙂

    As always 🙂 I love your posts. 🙂

  3. Judy E.
    Judy E. says:

    I like your video, but just wish the music wasn’t so loud. I turn it down, watch and do the exercises. Videos with only talking would be better for me.

  4. Sue Reifinger says:

    Seeing this really made me confident that I can do this. Usually they look so impossible, this I can do. The phsyical therapist always tells me to do the exercises that strengthens the small muscle in the back, the small ones under the spine and ribs. It helps with those small annoying back pains.

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