I have been guilty in recent times to coming home from a busy day at work and ‘blobbing’ on the couch. My excuses were many and varied, but basically pretty weak. My husband and I used to regularly tramp in the Port Hills in Christchurch but for one reason and another this had got less and less frequent. I’d blame my age in part, but really this was just another excuse not to get off my butt.
Cue diagnosis and discussion with the specialist. Apart from medications, he prescribed the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ and – you guessed it – exercise. This was just the kick up the proverbial that I needed. I found a Physiotherapist that specialises in working with people with neurological conditions, who has given me a programme tailoured for me. To my surprise, I am really enjoying it! It is only a short programme, but designed to work on things like my arm swing – leftie is a lazy bugger – and sit to stand and working those bits of my body affected by Parkies.
So, yes, I come home from work tired, but after I exercise I feel good, knowing that I am doing something good for me and which will hopefully aid me in staying better for longer. That’s easily worth getting up a sweat for after work. Then, I can righteously claim a spot on the couch for a bit of a blob.
Also, my husband and I are starting to reclaim the Port Hills and recently did a three hour walk. I took my poles and they helped, not only with stability, but also you have to swing your arms to use them. Lazy leftie got a three hour workout! Stunning views and fresh air, it was the best day in the hills for a long time.
So, I am being converted from couch potato – well, a bit less of a spud – to someone who is starting to enjoy exercise and the benefits it will bring me.