STAYING MOTIVATED | STAYING HEALTHY

With gyms closed and most medical professionals conducting appointments via telehealth, it’s more important than ever to do our home exercises to stay as strong and healthy as possible, and maintain the progress we’ve gained from our physical therapy sessions.

I am lucky enough to have an amazing exercise physiologist on my healthcare team who has devised a great home exercise program tailored for me, and we’ve modified my usual PT exercises to adapt to what I have around the house.

List titled "How I stay motivatted"
Having realistic goals: I know that I'm never goint to be a workout every day kinda girl, so I aim for x2 a week with a couple of walks.
Eating healthy: Although I'm a pretty treat-motivated girl, it's super importance to focus on the healthy foods I enjoy so I have plenty of energy.
Following health guidelines: As a potsie, exercise can be hard, so by following my diet and meds regimes I feel well and ready to go!
Being kind to myself: There ae going to be rough days, but that's ok! They happen, but they'll pass. When they do, it's time to keep going!
Let's do this!
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My Equipment

  • 4 kg dumbell (but you can substitute with a pantry item like flour/sugar etc.)
  • 2 litre water bottle (when full it makes a 2 kg weight)
  • Therabands (I’ve also used an old pair of stockings or leggings)
  • KIWSS resistance bands – ranging from light to x-heavy
  • Yoga block (I’m using this because I don’t have a step)
  • Yoga mat
  • Skipping rope

My Setup

I’m keeping it as simple as possible – I have a roughly 2 x 2 m2 space, and I usually spread out my yoga mat in the middle of the space.

I keep all my equipment in a big plastic tub that I can leave on the balcony – if it’s already ready to go and in my line of sight, I’m more likely to use it!

My Routine

While everyone’s PT exercises should be tailored to them, and I am by no means any kind of fitness or sports-med professional, these are some of my favourite exercises because they are easy to do at home with very little equipment.

High Knees

HIGH KNEES

I like this exercise because it can be easily modified depending on how my body is feeling each day – if things are sore and unstable, I can do it in a slow standing march, or if I’m needing more of a challenge, I can do it at a running pace.

Crab walks with band

CRAB WALKS

Also known as lateral banded walks, this has been great for improving my knee tracking and stability.

Dead Bug Crunch

DEAD BUGS

This attractively named exercise works both my shoulders and my core and is a great way to get a handle on how my sholders are tracking.

Hollow Body Hold

HOLLOW HOLD

Another core exercise which is easy to modify so you can work through the progressions. Bend the knees and/or lower the arms to reach past your legs to make it easier.

Side-lying external rotations

EXTERNAL ROTATIONS

These are particularly good for improving my shoulder stability, by strengthening my scapula and encouraging healthy tracking over the ribcage. (I use 2kg)

Squat holding a dumbell

WEIGHTED SQUATS

It’s at this point I have to be very conscious about my knee tracking. To increase the difficulty, you can either increase the weight or increase the reps, so you can still progress at home with only one weight. (I use 4kg)

Dumbell row in a lunge position

DUMBELL ROW

More shoulder strengthening exercises – can you tell my shoulders are my worst joint yet! Again, you can increase the difficulty by either increasing the weight or reps. (I use 4kg)

Wall sit with arms parallel to the floor

WALL SIT

Now we’ve got another core exercise so that I’m strong and to encourage my core to support my weight properly. Challenge yourself to see how long you can go!

Modified plank on elbows and knees

MODIFIED PLANK

Although I *can* do a normal plank, I always worry about my shoulders, so I usually do a modified plank so that I can concentrate on correct form while not being stressed.

Single leg deadlift with arm reaching for floor

SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT

This exercise is brilliant because it does so many things at once – improves your proprioception & balance, and works your core & legs. If you want to work your feet too, tie a theraband around something, give it some tension, and stand on it.

Calf raise standing on gym step/stool

ELEVATED CALF RAISES

I do these on single and both legs. It’s great to do these on a step because it makes you use your whole leg and increases the difficulty. I don’t have any stairs, so I stand on a yoga block.

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