My back is feeling much better, so I did attend rehab today. I'm glad I did. I did my exercises a little more carefully today but did them for the full amount of time.
They are keeping me at 20 minutes on the Bike and 20 minutes on the Treadmill. They have not angled the Treadmill nor increased my time on any of the machines. The RT seemed pleased with the 40 minutes of exercise I do on the machines along with my warm up and cool down exercises and stretches.
I do not yet know whether or not I will be able to attend Phase Three of Pulmonary Rehab but hopefully will find out soon. I have six more sessions to attend in Phase two that are already paid for. Some people took only six weeks of rehab and many, like myself, are coming close to the end of their rehab. Some will return for Phase Three and some will not.
I talked with the RT today about how to maintain exercising when you can't get out due to bad weather or maybe just if a person is not feeling up to par. She told me to turn on some music and dance around the house. Sometimes I might only feel like slowly waltzing by myself around the house and sometimes I might be able to dance fast and then slow down and pace myself and dance more. The main thing is to keep moving. Moving, even if done slowly, will increase one's endurance and strength and help with circulation. She reminded me to be sure to use my oxygen whenever I exercise. If under the weather or just not feeling up to par, just sit in the chair and move your legs up and down at whatever pace you wish be it fast or slow...just move...rest (or recover) and move again. She reminded me that you don't have to know Tai Chi to move your arms around and pretend that you are reaching for the stars or holding a ball in your hands circulating it around slowly using proper breathing techniques. Move the pretend ball slowly in front of yourself and bring it up and back to your chest. This is something good for me to have learned today. If home, I should keep moving around and not to get too comfortable for too long in a chair, recliner or sofa.
I found this interesting and wanted to share it with the group since many of us are home a great deal of the time.