Unfortunately, as with many things in life, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that I have not been exercising. Or I guess I should say I have not been walking-I still do my leg and arm strengthening exercises. Why have I not been walking? Well, it's surely not because I don't want to. A large part is fear, my friends, pure fear. My fall was extremely painful, and I know how lucky I am that there was no real damage other than welts and bruises that lasted six weeks. I mean, I have no intention of retiring to my home. I have a cane for when I need and a rollator for when I need it for accommodation, and keep on rolling on.
Exercise walking is different than shopping or casual tourist walking though, at least for me. With the former I walk leisurely, and sit and stop at benches or on the rolling walker or other seating opportunities. When I walk for exercise, it's certainly not fast but it is steady. But I walk alone, by choice, and even with a phone with me, I feel insecure. This has not been making me happy. For me, walking is about mindfulness and meditation as it is health. I always walk alone, and this is my time to check out the world around me and let my mental computer "free think". So I miss it.
My other problem is of course that my leg is falling apart. In addition to the knee degeneration I have (at a much worse level than most), I also have it in the ankle and thigh of my right leg. They have not come up with a whole leg, or a knee/thigh/ankle replacement yet that I know of. And so I suffer. In fact, at my last doctor visit, she told me that when I was ready to move to narcotics (instead of Tylenol arthritis) for pain, to come and see her. I'm going to see her this week.
|I figure I'll be sitting more than standing!|
Back to the topic at hand though, it hurts to walk full out a great deal of the time. And, for whatever reason (I am not a medical person), it hurts more to stride than it does to, say, do small aerobic movements in place in front of the TV. So I need to exercise, but daily walking is no longer a solution and neither is Zumba gold except for rare occasions. What to do? And what to do without joining a gym with special trainers? How can I keep it up with just my home and my extremely affordable rec center membership?
|I love, love, love this pool. the foreground is obviously a small spa, and the large area os for exercising and classes. And the temperature is between eighty and ninety depending on the need of the swimmers!|
|My backup on the good days- a 30 day walking workout done in place.|
And meanwhile I'll work on those strength exercises and stretching, use my chair yoga DVD and yes, even get a massage. Because-you can get just a leg massage. For an hour. Or a half hour. Now, if I could just get my medical insurance to pay for that one!!!!!