So, I am finally reaching a milestone I have been simultaneously looking forward to and dreading: the end of physical therapy. I’ve been going for about four months now, 1-2 times a week and stretching at home in-between. I had difficulty pacing myself on my own previously, so my therapist has been a huge help there.
However, this is not like an injury I will recover from- I have my good days and my bad days and they’re not predictable. While my flexibility and strength are increasing, I run the risk of insurance deciding that it’s maintenance and dropping coverage. Now that I have more equipment at home (exercise bands, a balance ball, yoga mat, electrotherapy, a soon-to-be-assembled elliptical, and a pulley system I’ll jury rig from Home Depot) we’re working out an exercise plan that I can maintain on my own.
I’m both excited and a little scared about this. I like my therapist and everyone there, and having a set schedule helps keep me honest and on track. At the same time, I don’t miss the late evenings and co-pays. My biggest fear is that I won’t stick with it and won’t have anyone to blame but myself, and maybe that fear will be enough to keep me going. I can’t tell you what a game-changer the elliptical will be- to be able to do cardio no matter how hot or cold it is outside? Priceless! We decided to set it up in the family room so we can watch movies- we’ll see how noisy it is for whomever isn’t on it at the time. ;}
Anyway, starting in January, 5 minutes of cardio a day followed by one stretch from each of three target areas. I’ll keep you posted how it goes!