Today is the start of my fifth straight week of exercising. What I do is work Monday through Friday and take Saturday and Sunday off. And by Monday there are usually residual effects from the exercises I did the previous week. My day starts at about seven thirty in the morning and after getting up, making the bed and having breakfast I usually start exercising about 8 o’clock (OK 8:30 or 9). I do four sets of exercises as follows: shoulder strength exercises, curls for my biceps sit-ups for my stomach and triceps exercises to build up my triceps. OK, so I'm vain! I also do twenty sets of weight-bearing exercises for my hand in two-minute increments for a total of 40 minutes. After each two-minute weight-bearing set I try to open my hand as much as possible five times. All of these exercises are very boring. But they do pay off eventually. Remember Monday’s residual effects? But, ”They’re so small”, you say! But I say, “Small blows up to be big!” Come on guys you didn’t think this was going to be easy, did you? Usually, I’m finished at about 11:30 am. And then I do stuff for myself. Like I had lunch, and took a ride in my car to Starbucks then came home and read a book. Yesterday, my daughter Johanna and my grandson Jonathan came over for dinner. We had a great time. I do as much of these things as I can so that life doesn't pass me by!
So now, since I’ve told you about my daily exercise routine. I will be changing that daily routine as of tomorrow.
I have been lucky enough to befriend Professor Sal Bondoc, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Chair of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, CT. Some of his students will be conducting a study on the efficacy of mirror–box therapy and conventional rehabilitation exercises. So on Tuesdays and Thursdays I will be a volunteering client. And the rest of the week I will be doing the new study routines, so no more routines that I have been doing! Change of pace! Hooo-rah!
The study will require the following six exercises: 1 each for the shoulder and elbow at 25 repetitions each and 4 exercises for the hand at 25 repetitions each using the mirror box (150 repetitions per day. Also, there will be 3 shaping exercises each one being done twice per week. One of these 3 exercises will be done at 150 repetitions per day. So, this will be a total of 300 repetitions of exercises per day. (Again, repetition is the key). And if we want to do more I am sure we can. The more exercises the better. I won’t like doing this but, hey, I want to get better.
Here is a short note about weight. If you're overweight, I would suggest losing some pounds because Lower body exercises become much easier. And even upper body exercises feel better. Over the past few years I have lost 20 pounds and feel great! Please leave comments on the blog page: Let me Know someone is out there!