Agree that "moving the body" is a great thing to do. Great on the mind and great on the body as well. We hear this same theme from the media, from our doctor and from other family members.
Do keep in mind that physical exercise should always be a variety of different moves (to work many different parts of the body) and not to over due it as well. My step sister was a physical freak (re: her idea of exercise was spin bike @ wide open for full 60 full minutes) and one day in joint pain, her doctor told her to slow down and rotate or she'll need her hips and knees replaced in a few short years. Now, my step sister is into less physical time with more higher quality rotation tasks (for that shorter time range). In learning from my step sister, I also do quality time with body part rotations. One day on the arms, one day on the legs, one day on the core body. Mix it up - to ensure one specific body area isn't over worked in one area. And when possible, I also try to do exercises as a side event. For example, I listen to religions music (Express Vu Channel 938) or Country Music (Express Vu channel 913) while exercising in my basement as well. With music, exercise seems so much easier.... And, moving the body isn't my mind's main focus.... This works for me...
good point spike. I "exercised" (worked) myself into a body that I wore flat wore out! Just about every joint & much of my spine has wear & tear problems. I got plenty of exercise, but it sure wasn't "good" or "smart" excersise!
I remember when "jogging" was the "in" thing to do & then all the joggers having foot, knee, ankle & hip problems. Now days I still have to be careful what I do, but I do know I have to keep moving & working my muscles or i'll lose them.
My favorite excersise (still) is walking. I have been tempted several times to "hop on it" and walk, but then remember to go get my tennis shoes with arch support on even for walking in the house. I also have my "peddler" and a picture list of some upper body exercises with an elastic band that the PT taught me to do.
Of course when i'm sick I've learned i have to rest. I always have this inner guilt if I'm not doing something all the time that I have had to learn to "just sit" also. so now when i'm sick, I rest (often feel so lousy i can't move), but it always seems to take me back to the beginning of my excersise program. Amazing how fast muscle atrophy & how long it takes to get back in shape!!! Thanks for the reminder, Jade!
I go nearly every week for yoga,water aerobic, pulm rehab. Sometimes to Pilate's class (not to fond of them but friend comes by my place and she won't take NO for an answer )If you think I am extremely fit,I don't think so because my classes are with ladies 25 to 30 years older than me.I can't and don't wish to do any strenuous exercise to make my body tired or get extremely sick. Just easy ,no competition. If you don't wish to do or can't no problem you just rest and wait for class to finish. I walk daily but slowly and sit on the bench when I am tired. I find that after 4 pm I move very little, only some evenings my husband insist to go for a walk.Housework is good for our bodies, it is movement. Now I started a little activity in the evening like taking washing outside on the line,watering garden etc.Just to move my body. It is doing me good, already can see a little difference. Trying my best for me and my loved ones. Enjoyed all your post. Take care Jade
We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe. Download a pdf poster of this graphic.
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Sitting is what I do when I can’t walk during a COPD flare-up. I'm fighting my way back right now from (I just came out of) a month long exacerbation. I will not give in to this d#mm condition. I may huff and puff and sweat but I will not give in, sit back, and watch the rest of the world go past.
There isn’t a day that I don’t go for a walk. I try to make it about 25 minutes in one direction and then back. I want to make sure that I have enough supplemental O2 to make a return walk. I find walking indoors at home to be helpful also as I can use my long hose and big concentrator which removes any time constraint tanks cause. My oximeter and do at least 3 six minute walk tests. And a great result (at least to me) is I feel so much better after just a week of walking and standing. My friends say how positive and happy I am. I believe walking and exercising (along with supplemental O2) is the best prescription. Don't forget your chest muscles as they also need work. As a COPDer I use them to breathe.
Funny David Ken, you bring up some good points; especially making sure when you go out having enough 02 to get back in. as my 02 needs increase when i'm active, it seems each year as the weather gets nice & I'm able to go outdoors i have to "figure out" just how long i can stay out & how much 02 to take. I'm stubborn & want to stick to the smaller tanks that i can wear in a fanny pack or back pack ("C" now---keep trying "B" in the car, but it i get out of car it goes fast) with summer coming for many of us, it's time that oximeter & 6 minute walk tests done at home sound like good idea to me!
My local senior center offers chair yoga, chair Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes. Have been going since I retired a year ago. Focus is on flexibility, gentle stretching and core strengthening. Love ❤️ the classes but too often need to push myself to go. 😒
I So Miss Ken! He was so nice, and always made me feel good no matter what! Fly with the Angels Ken, breath easy now my very missed friend, all you're stress is now gone and someday untill we me again! God bless Ken! RIP.