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The road to recovery

Coming Back

Success is how high you bounce after hitting the bottom.
                                                             General George Patton

I had an acute medical event and it almost killed me. It was scary, extremely painful, and happened at an inopportune time.

I’m still not certain what happened that morning; all I know is that I ended up with kidney problems and high blood pressure. 

So now what?

I fight back, is what! I’m not one for feeling sorry for myself and saying “poor me”. Nope!

Knock me down and if any way possible I’ll get up. I’ve done it before and I’m going to do it again.

A friend sent an email that said “If anyone would come back stronger than ever from something like this it’s going to be you.” 

I try to keep in mind that famous Frederick Nietzsche quote that says, “What does not kill us makes us stronger”…

And I will definitely be stronger when this episode is over.

When someone asks for advice about beginning an exercise or recovery program, I always tell them to begin with a regimen that isn’t too strenuous and increase gradually. If you overdo it you could end up in pain and possibly injured. 

To avoid pain and injury and ensure a strong return to my lifestyle, I took my own advice and formulated a plan to begin after I was home, rested and strong enough to exercise.

After being released from the hospital, I spent four days quietly recuperating and studying the mandatory change in my eating. I really dislike inactivity but it was necessary.

After the down time, I was rested and ready so I started walking with Rosemary and the dogs and before the week was over we were walking a mile then a mile and a half, as I began feeling stronger.

After my strength and stamina improved, I started into my bodyweight exercise routine increasing the reps and adding new exercises as I became comfortable with what I was doing. All the while I got stronger and my blood pressure improved.

Seven days later it was time to get back to cycling, so I set my mountain bike up on the trainer and started peddling.

I did 30 to 45min sessions on the trainer for three days and then decided it was time to get out on the road and start putting in the miles.
After three days of roadwork on the bike, I started back into a running routine.

Day one running routine, walk 5min, run 10min, walk 5min and run 15min and walk 5min.

Day two easy jog 30min. Day three repeat day one.

I continue to increase a little each day I run.

Being comfortable with the running, I started swimming in the mornings alternating the swim routines each day. I will continue to increase as the weeks pass until I’m able to swim one mile again.

I try to always do two of the three exercises run, bike, swim, each day and I change the mix every day. I also do the bodyweight exercises every day.

Always have a routine to follow when exercising, but if you’ve been sick or injured, I believe you should be flexible with you do or don’t do.

In other words, if it’s too strenuous or doesn’t feel right, stop and reevaluate what you’re doing. Otherwise you could end up reinjured or sick again.

Believe in yourself and never let anyone tell you that you’re too old or can’t because you’re not and you can.



PS. Remember, before starting or changing any exercise routine, please consult your doctor first.

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