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    Do you find yourself working out constantly to stay where your at?

    Hello everyone.

    I was wondering if anyone else who is either walking now or getting return finds themselves having to cosntantly work out 2-3 hours a day to keep their return? If i don't work out at least 2 hours a day with pool therapy and land therapy my body really feels it. Either my legs feel weaker or my trunk control decreases enough that I can tell when I try to walk long distances.

    I just came home for a day, i didn't get to work out because all my equipment is down there and i feel like hell. Thats what made me think of this post.


    If Bruce is out there, do you still have to work out as much as you orignally did to keep where your at?

    Thanks.
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    #2
    I find that if I don't exercise a little every day it, I start getting a lot of pain in the back and feel weak and unsteady.
    Daniel

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      #3
      i was swimming every day, using the total gym and using the walker anc crutches. I think i may have overdone it in the pool with the hamstring curls because i had unbearable pain in the right leg from the butt down to the back of my knee. ALMOST thought i would have to go back into the wheelchair, so have taken 4 days off. For me, i'm having a little trouble finding a happy medium. This knee (i think it may be some hyperextension, and maybe nerve pain???) going to avoid anything to do with the hamstrings for awhile. any advice???

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        #4
        Dennis i have the same issue. My knee is constantly hurting, but stopping just makes u atrophy. I don't recommend hamstring curels in the pool. It does somthing weird, when I do them out of the pool my leg feels fine. But in the pool it really hurts the back of my knee. But it may just be me. If my knee is really killing me, i just put on a light brace around the knee it seems to help it so i can continue to walk.
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          #5
          Just like before SCI. Bulk = high weight + low reps. Tone = low weight + high reps. I would run five miles most every day and hit the weight room for bulk every three days. Do not forget about diet. I always enjoy having a work out partner too. Now that I am married I do not get out to the gym and stuff and it is hard to stay motivated.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mr_coffee
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            If Bruce is out there, do you still have to work out as much as you orignally did to keep where your at?
            Cory, actually for me, I don't work out as intensely as I used to. I do need to walk on my body-weight-supported treadmill setup at least twice a week or else I notice that I don't walk as well as I can. I also have to be rigorous about stretching/range of motion stuff or I quickly can have trouble there, especially on my weaker right side.

            I also don't work out or exercise as much as I did because I work full time now, and that gets in the way. I guess I do my best to find some equilibrium with all this.

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              #7
              All good advice, thanks!!!

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                #8
                Thanks for the info bruce!
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                  #9
                  I am a walking para, and I have had people ask me if I still do PhysicalTherapy . I tell them that "Life is PhysicalTherapy". From the moment we wake up - the struggle begins. Getting to the bathroom without an AFO on, leaning on the walls, walking without a cane to get the telephone. Sure I do core workouts, rowing, weights, treadmill. But in between workouts, life is always throwing us more opportunities to do more work. Sometimes the workouts are easier to perform than the in between times....

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                    #10
                    i do therapy for 2-2 1/2 hours twice a week. then, on the off days, i'll do upper body once a day with the thera band to help keep my back and lats get the workout. i also concentrate on my muscles around the front of the shoulders (to keep stress off of my tendons there) as well as my pecs.

                    i don't feel like i've back tracked if i don't do the same 2 hour intense therapy every day. i just try to stay active without hurting myself. i really take my time so i don't get pain.
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                      #11
                      Very good question Cory. I feel that if I dont keep hard at it, I lose strength in the legs and trunk. I had thought that once we were up and walking full time, the muscle strength and tone would maintain itself. So far, I havnt seen that happen. At what point will we ever be able to have the body begin to take over its core functions again, as when we were AB?

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                        #12
                        Cory brings up a great point. I think this is why I don't work out as much because I feel like I will only lose the fervor to keep at it and then just lose any gains or big muscles I had.

                        It was much easier to do work out daily as an AB because I knew I could find the energy and desire to do it.

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                          #13
                          I acutally was training for a triatholon 6xs a week and got 2 new returns while training for it. I now exercise 4-5xs a week, and I have noticed that I don't necessarily lose the new return but my body tends to revert and start utilizing the old muscles instead of using the new ones. Weird I know, but like I said the new stuff doesn't go away, for me anyways. I also noticed that by taking a break from intense weight training, and concentrating on swimming/yoga/walking I have gotten some more new returns in my abdominal area which is my weak point.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 05survivor
                            I acutally was training for a triatholon 6xs a week and got 2 new returns while training for it. I now exercise 4-5xs a week, and I have noticed that I don't necessarily lose the new return but my body tends to revert and start utilizing the old muscles instead of using the new ones. Weird I know, but like I said the new stuff doesn't go away, for me anyways. I also noticed that by taking a break from intense weight training, and concentrating on swimming/yoga/walking I have gotten some more new returns in my abdominal area which is my weak point.
                            Bless you for being so driven. I couldn't possibly find the same drive to work so hard for something that should come natural. It's far too depressing to me. But a lot of people enjoy physical challenges which is why they risk their lives to climb Mount Everest. Not implying that you enjoy being SCI but only that you possibly find some satisfaction from pushing so hard physically.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by 05survivor
                              I acutally was training for a triatholon 6xs a week and got 2 new returns while training for it. I now exercise 4-5xs a week, and I have noticed that I don't necessarily lose the new return but my body tends to revert and start utilizing the old muscles instead of using the new ones. Weird I know, but like I said the new stuff doesn't go away, for me anyways. I also noticed that by taking a break from intense weight training, and concentrating on swimming/yoga/walking I have gotten some more new returns in my abdominal area which is my weak point.
                              When was your triathlon and how did it go?

                              I did my first tri about 2 months before my injury. I believe that being in that kind of physical condition is what saved my life and has enabled the amazing return that I have had. Plus, being in that 'training' mindset has helped keep me working out. So far, since my injury I have done the "run" leg in a sprint with a relay team. I am still working on swimming and currently ride a recumbent trike which USAT will not allow (kinda rediculous IMO, because there's not that much difference between a trike and a handbike, but . . . ) I'm hoping to tri one next summer -- either a sprint or a supersprint.

                              Cory, in answer to your original question, I have found a couple things. If I take a day or two off, the rest actually helps me get stronger. But last year when I started school, I quit working out (couldn't find time for everything!) and by the end of the school year, I had lost a lot of strength and endurance. Today is the first day of classes and I am determined not to make that mistake again!

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