The infant's exercise program, or Exercise like a baby
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Ok, I wrote this for the chair exercise group, and really, if you're not clinically "obese" it may not resonate with you, but for anyone who struggles for functionality when they exercise, maybe it will help you. I sure hope so.
Ok, this is a new thought for me, and I'd like to talk it out.
first though I'll give you some background so you can understand how i cam to this thought/plan. Also I'd like you to know right upfront. if this doesn't jive with you, let it go. It may not work for everyone, but it might start you thinking in a different direction.
First the background. I'm obese. like most, I wasn't always, and even when I was clinically obese, it didn't affect my activities most of the time. of course by preference I'm sedentary, I prefer carbs to other types of food, and I'm insulin resistant.
So I was running down the stairs in 2003, and my knee suddenly gave up the ghost. it folded sideways rather than frontwards, and suddenly I was disabled. I lay at the bottom of the stairs screaming and couldn't help myself for the first time since I was a child. I got crutches at the ER, then visits to an orthopedic surgeon, then therapy, and I was released.
I thought I was as good as I was going to get and I was sad. using a cane most of the time, doing exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee to support it. and I gradually began to fade. I kept loosing my train of thought, was unable to focus well enough to pay a bill, and by 2007 was spending most of my time in a recliner, and bed. finally diagnosed with uterine cancer and then when I went in for surgery I was also diagnosed with diabetes.
Since then I've been gradually gaining strength and clairity til last year it dawned on me that I used to be able to get down on the floor to play chutes and ladders or blocks with the grandkids and I couldn't get up from there anymore.
more cogitation made me realize that my core ws unable to lift me when I did get down. now this might be where you'd say. so don't get down and you won't have to get up, but that doesn't work, does it? Last winter I was taking two grandsons to the store to get something. maybe milk or maybe a coveted toy, and my foot slipped out from under me and *I was suddenly flat on my back. I lay there while three cars drove past like I was invisible and my grandsons played in the doorway of the van. when I finally got myself turned over, I still had to get over to the car to hoist myself off the ground. That was almost as hard as getting rolled over. I could barely lift my weight off of one leg to move it forward. and then the other. I slowly inched over to the car and used it to hoist myself off the ground.
SO I brought up the idea of strengthening my core to my doctor. Since I have a large hernia in my stomach, I can't do crunches so I thought I might be unable to help myself. but she had me get down on hands and knees and do cat stretches. and lift one arm and the diagonal leg up and balance that way. Today while doing this, I had a thought. I'm like a baby. I can't do a lot of things that I need to be able to do to function. So, why not start where I am, and practice what a baby would do. if I can't roll over, then I need to practice rolling over til it's easy. then practice getting up on hands and knees, and ROCK!! LOL then one hand and knee, then another, til I can creep across the floor. it's the Baby exercise program. and it could work for many people. LOL
today I did that. and it left me panting and my muscles a bit shaky. but if I do it again tomorrow like a baby would, I might be able to do it twice a day. and if I keep it up, I might not need a kitchen chair to pull myself up on. I might be able to get up from the MIDDLE of the floor!!
LOL it's such an exciting thought. to work in baby steps to learn the way a baby does to do the things a Baby can, and maybe someday I'll even be able to RUN!! or CLIMB!! wow, it blows my mind.
SO, if you want to try this, Go for it!! if it rings a bell, maybe it's a way to add more functionality to your life. I hope and pray so. I know if you've been told you're obese or even if you've ever injured yourself and couldn't function any longer, you'll understand where I'm coming from.