Good news, my laptop is back 🙂 So, no more excuses about not posting. (Sorry about the dry spell.) I’m going to try and squeeze in a short, but substantial, post prior to personal training this afternoon.
I’d like to encourage you to always keep an eye out for chances to challenge and strengthen yourself. Or, create these chances. For instance, if you need to work on fine motor in the hand like I do, I would say to wear a wide rubber band around your wrist at all times as though it were a bracelet, and if you find yourself without something to do, twist it around each finger and do finger extension exercises when you get a chance.
Sidenote on the Reebok Reeinspires: I’ve noticed a major difference in muscle stimulation going up stairs. I also make a conscious choice to put them on whenever I know I’ll be spending the day walking, so to trips to the museum, out shopping, to the arboretum, to the Taste of Chicago, I’ll don them.
Use both hands when pulling up pants, putting on (sun)glasses. Sit up straight and pull in your bellybutton. Squeeze things with your affected hand.
Refer to the children’s toys suggestions I mentioned in a previous post. Puzzles are great! I tried playing with those big foam letter puzzles my friends’ two-year-old has, and I’m going to buy some for myself.
Note that I am fitting in a blog post minutes before my training appointment. I tend to carry books with me just in case I’m ever stopped somewhere waiting unexpectedly. Bring Play-Doh or a stress ball with you in your purse, ladies, or your suitcase (guys?). Don’t lose an opportunity to work on neurological reprogramming just because you’re caught unawares.
If you have any good suggestions for impromptu rehab, please comment below or e-mail me so we can share ideas with everyone else.
Your rehab is up to you, so it is up to you to seek out and identify these little gems. And it is so worth it, too, because once accumulated, the results begin to show (it’s not as slow as it seems!).
To our healing,