After years and decades living with excess weight, your joints and muscles may be a little rusty. Years of inactivity place you at risk for injuring yourself when you try to become more active. And after all that hard work of working your way towards surgery, both physically and mentally, pulling a muscle, tearing a ligament, or injuring your knee because you’re trying to become more active, would be a hugely disappointing experience that can throw you off course.
You may also be wondering how in the world do I become more active? I don’t even know where to start, and the gym just isn’t for me.
We teamed up with Myriam, a local kinesiologist, to give you tips on how to start to get your joints moving when you’ve been inactive for too long.
A kinesiologist is a highly educated health care professional who is an expert in body movement. They’re experts in preventing and managing injuries and help people to get fit and perform at their best, among many other things.
In these videos, Myriam will show you exercises that you can do at home to improve the health of your joints and movement to start getting you on a path to being more fit.
Practice these exercises in the comfort of your own home. All you’ll need is:
A belt or resistance band,
A broomstick or long stick.
These exercises are great to start BEFORE surgery, early AFTER surgery, or even LONG TERM after surgery. It’s never too late to start being active. Remember that the number on the scale is only part of the story – fitness and exercise is the other half of the equation when it comes to living a longer and healthier life.
How did this activity go for you? Let us know!
– Lisa & Monica