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Unavoidable Disruption in Exercise Schedule

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Well, I'm about to be scheduled for surgery on my neck (to correct a compressed vertebra) at the end of this month. It will probably put me on the shelf as far as my usual exercise is concerned for about a month. I'm hoping to find alternative exercises that can be done while seated, though my basic workout involves a lot of power-walking and jogging, and I don't see how that can be done seated! Any suggestions?
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AUNTWILLIE 4/16/2013 2:56PM

    Yeah, it stinks when all your hard work in interrupted, but it sounds like you don't have much choice... you have to take care of yourself.
There's a lot of exercise you can do while sitting... but without involving your neck? I don't know. I don't think I'd try much without talking with the doc and maybe with the physical therapist, too.
A month seems like forever when you're at the beginning of it, but the last thing you want to do is to do too much too soon, and end up out of action for even longer! Whatever fitness you lose, you'll get back much more quickly than you might imagine. Please be smart. emoticon

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BARBANNA 4/16/2013 2:35PM

    I would start with your physicians advice. The best low impact exercises are swimming, seated stationary bicycle, rowing machine and slow walking. As you heal you will love the elliptical. Good luck and remember to continue to do some form of exercise as it increases circulation, keeps all your muscles in shape and keeps you happy with the endorphins.

I have a history surgeries with all kinds of limitations. I tried fiercly to work around them and managed to survive. I had a full hysterectomy, two major rotator cuff surgeries (shoulder), one distal radius (wrist) with external fixation and a gall bladder removal. I also endured two MRSA infections with IV antibiotics. After my last surgery my sports medicine physician stated he could not understand how I made such good recovery and got back as much as I did. He called me a FREAK of medicine. All I could do was chuckle. I started using my treadmill as soon as I could get out the door. I started slow at my highest incline and then lowered the incline and slowly increased the speed. I used my shoulder slings when it was my shoulers and brace with my wrist to keep the extremities stabilized. It is healthier to be active than sit around like you are paralized.

I am a licensed and registered master degree therapist and my husband is a physician, so I did know what I was doing. Please be safe and don't take any avoidable risks!

I would recommend being cautious for this short and temporary limitation to lead to a lfuture return to a long time of pain free emoticon and no limits exercising!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 4/16/2013 2:28PM

    Check out Coach Nichole's chair workouts. They can be as vigorous as you make them.

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