Getting Fit in a Hospital Room
First off, to all my Canadian friends, Happy Canada to us!
friends, wait until Tuesday! You will have your day.
So, today is the start of a new 5 % Challenge and today is the first day of my summer holidays. If this were any other day or year, I would start a new challenge, or the summer by getting outside, exercising or getting things done around the house.
This year is different though, my daughter is in the hospital after having had surgery to manage her epilepsy. Being a worried dad means I am sitting here in the hospital room watching her breathe, watching the little movements of her body, answering questions as she drifts in and out of sleep, or chasing down a nurse to help my daughter, but none of this is exercise.
So what can I do to keep active?
I've parked my car about four blocks from the hospital and every two hours I have to move it. Cheaper than pay parking and gets in some steps.
When I leave the ward I walk down one level or up one before taking the elevator.
I have been doing push ups against the wall and stretching while I sit in the chair.
I've asked if I can take my daughter for a walk using a wheelchair but they won't let me, not yet.
So, what else can I do to keep active?
I've thought of jumping jacks, but I don't want to wake my daughter or scare the nurse when she re-enters the room.
Sit ups on a hospital floor, even though it looks clean I can't even imagine what's been on the floor so I am not even considering that.
Bedpan lifting, not enough weight, and I'm not filling those things.
3 sets of 20, lifting the IV pole will only get me in trouble or pull the tubes from my daughters arm, even I'm not that insensitive .
I'm determined, I am going to make this a successful summer and an amazing 5% Challenge, I just need to keep on track.
Any suggestions, please comment with serious suggestions that will help me out, or offer some ideas off the wall so I've got something to laugh about while my fellow Canadians are enjoying BBQs and fireworks and I spend the day thinking about more ways to get healthy.