Saturday, October 24, 2009

25 October, 2009

Three days ago marked my 6 month return from China so I thought I put up some before-and-after walking videos. The first video was taken March 9, 2009 (about two weeks before I left for s/c treatment); the lower video was shot October 24, 2009. The terrain is a bit steeper in the newer video.

I feel good. I'm working out 5-6 days a week for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Lots of stretching, situps, glute work and bicycling. I'm at level 5 (of 8) on the stationary bike for 30-40 minutes, and make sure to make a point of riding the bike every time I exercise. I continue to see my physical therapist once a week. Standing remains a difficulty.

Some people have asked about my upper body strength. That has improved about 10% according to my PT. I really haven't noticed it that much because I have not been concentrating my efforts there. The main focus of my exercise has been lower body - - just trying to keep myself upright and walking. My PT works my arms and shoulders each week, but I do little of that at home. I'll try to start doing a better job of that in the future.

1 comment:

  1. The biggest difference to me is that you're not using the cane! Have you stopped using it, or did you just put it aside for this video?