Since moving to Toronto 2 years ago, last Tuesday was the first day I was told not to come into work. I officially had a snow day! When I was a child, a snow day meant hours outside building snow forts, snowmobiling and baking delicious treats while staying warm by the wood stove. I still remember the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven and the taste of moist coffee cake smothered in delicious sweet brown sugar and butter. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. (Although this yummy treat goes against all my health values now, I’d still have a piece if it was around). So today, while I enjoyed my second breakfast of the morning, I decided I needed to get active!
At the clinic, many of our clients sit in a wheelchair or lie in bed for most of their day and are unable to move their legs. Often their bodies are craving to move and be active. Having the Lokomat at Aim2Walk makes many clients happy being able to stand tall and move their legs which are often stiff and still.
I like to stay active and workout on a regular basis and I have found this luxury is much harder for my unstable and less mobile clients. I secretly have always wanted to be a workout instructor so… I’ve made a wheelchair/seated workout video for those of you at home. This week’s video is a boxing themed video and I look forward to filming more to keep you motivated and excited to strengthen your heart and lungs, increase mobility and flexibility and to have some fun while doing it.
So, put on some comfy clothes, grab your family and friends to join and exercise to my workout video. It’s only ten minutes long, however, I’m sure most of you can REPEAT and do it 2 or 3 times. Start with what you can handle and increase when you feel the video is getting easier. Try to complete the video 2-5 times a week. This is my first workout video so let me know what you think and what I could do to make it better.
*Remember to ask your physician before participating!
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Michelle Wolfe, RMT