exercise routine, if you can call it that

One of my Facebook friends posted about a new year’s resolution to perform a series of some 50 to 80 squats every day. During my active dancing and teaching days, this would not be out of range. I had to laugh now, however, because I have been trying to do squats to regain some strength in my legs, and the most I can do before collapsing is 10. These squats are, for safety, with a chair in case my legs give out, and, as of the last day or so, go to a position with my thighs parallel to the floor. I can tell you that I am working very hard to do these, but it has been over a week without one missed day.

The recent hospitalizations, infections and antibiotics took so much strength from me that some days have been scary. I have been very careful at home, especially when I am alone, to walk with my walker in case I become wobbly. Before that procedure in September, I was able to walk in my place without the assistance of my walker. I was also choreographing dances that I could manage with or without the walker, depending on how strong I felt on a given day. After the complications and hospitalizations, I came home feeling as weak as I have ever felt. I don’t even allow myself to think about it as I want to get past this period with the hope, and my exercises, that I will regain some strength.

Now, although I am not walking at all on the treadmill for my minute-at-a-time workout, I am walking very short distances with and without the walker as of a couple of days ago. I am hoping to work on climbing the stairs at some point, but I will wait on that exercise until the squats yield some benefit.

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10 responses to “exercise routine, if you can call it that

  1. Sounds like you are on track to get stronger every day. Hoping the holidays were restful and re-energizing for you Donna. Prayers as you work hard to continue to improve your stamina. {HUGS}

  2. It seems you are on the right path dear Lady! Sending you my love and prayers. Hope you get stronger everyday. ♥

  3. Donna, it is about thinking positive and doing something about it! You are doing awesome! I love it!

  4. We do what we can. Sounds like you’re doing great!

  5. 10 squats is 10 more than I do in a day! you amaze me greatly! Seems the only squats I manage in a day are those that involve porcelain fixtures! You are a marvel and in my heart!

  6. squats? I couldn’t do one for a million dollars. Have you tried some basic balance and stability exercises as well? You might try googling them or ask a PT. More power to you if you can do squats!

  7. I had to laugh I can’t do over five squats and I think I’m in good health but I can walk 3miles none stop.but not uphill. keep it up peachy Lady

  8. Keep squatting! Every “squat” my knee (one or the other) pops really loud but it doesn’t hurt. I will try to join you each day!

  9. Betsy Appleton////////Decorah Eagle

    Hello Dear Lady,,Seems to me that the squat is the way to go…Please be careful though…Prayers to you today and everyday…..

  10. Very good Donna! One day at a time and you will regain your strength, as you already know. Keep up the good work.Best to you.

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