Exercise is subjective.
Every day I talk with patients about exercise. I get a lot of eye rolls and sighs when I mention the word exercise. But what is exercise? To some exercise is an event and folks believe the word exercise means it is those who run miles, swim laps, and do all those morning television routines daily.
When in reality, exercise is just moving the body for about 30 minutes a day. Now to a housebound person this can be quite a chore. Living in Ohio, where the weather changes every five minutes, it becomes a place that can be complicated to keep up regular outdoor activities. So what is a person to do?
Want to lose that couch potato nickname? Or just want to not feel like a slug? Can’t beat the Ohio weather to the punch and get in any exercise? Here is something you can do. Do you watch television? Do you watch the local news and then the national news? Did you sit through the commercials?
On average commercials last two minutes and two seconds. An hour of television programming will feature about 15 minutes of commercials. Two hours and you sat through 30 minutes of commercials. So during the commercial breaks and while you are sitting, extend your arms and legs to write letters, shapes, or numbers in the air. If this is too easy, add weight to your arms and legs. Only do the movement during commercials breaks. Then when the program starts back up, quit, and watch the television.
Now this is great exercise for those who have balance problems. It is also wonderful for those who can’t bear a lot of weight on their back, hips, or knees. Many water exercise groups do the same exercises and sitting in a chair simulates being in the water. The other advantage of doing shapes, numbers, and letters is Grandparents can work out with their Grandchildren and the Grandchildren can have fun exercising with the Grandparents, but secretly learning their ABCs, numbers, and shapes.
Now the only disclaimer is during campaign time and when the politicians get to slinging mud, don’t toss the weight at the television and break it. J
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