After having 3 major operations on my spine I worried that I wouldn’t be able to exercise any more, I was a fit and active person before hand and thought I would never regain my fitness levels but…..
Following my last operation in February this year I attempted to start some gentle walking and build up gently but I just seemed to be stuck and not really making much progress. I was still having painful muscle spasms from the repeated surgeries and I am having regular Physiotherapy sessions. I started the learn to walk course and found that although I was still in pain and being mindful of my own limitations it became easier each week and I now attend adventure walks twice a week even tackling the hills with very little pain or discomfort. I feel like I’m getting stronger and fitter each week. It’s so uplifting to see everyone smiling and enjoying being outside in the fresh air and to see how much progress we are making as a group.
So to those out there thinking they don’t know where to start or they aren’t fit enough to give it a try yet……..
Don’t worry, just take a taster session and you will see for yourself how beneficial it is for everyone, the fit, the unfit, or those on the road to recovery. You make new friends and everyone spurs each other on. The groups are structured so that you can go at your own pace without holding back the others, no one is left behind you just meet back up at the top of the hill.
One thing I did notice was that I had no idea what a good workout it was going to be by just watching, it’s only when you have a go that you realise how many muscles you are using that you forgot you had. I have improved so much since starting and feel fitter and healthier each week.
To those out there who are feeling like they can’t exercise due to physical restrictions or health problems, I’d say give Nordic Walking a go. It’s ideal for building strength and stamina, giving you that feel good factor as you go. You build up slowly and at your own pace and before you know it you are feeling fitter and healthier than ever. It is a fun way to rehabilitate after illness or injury building your strength and stamina back up gradually til before you know it you are good as new. I literally couldn’t walk this time six months ago but look at me now, I’m off! 😁