Hi folks, welcome to my meandering thoughts!
If you have an aortic aneurysm, with or without a stent or graft, I recommend that you consider weight training rather than weight lifting. This means confining your workouts to as little as a 5-pound weight, but with a some imagination you can give yourself a serious, risk-free workout.
The real trick to a happy life as an athlete is to let go of your ego, focus on the enjoyment of your sport, win if you win and lose if you lose, but smile either way. That is the road to a happy athletic life.
And do you know something important, a secret hidden in these words – if you lighten up, or Erleichda, you are actually more likely to perform more effectively.
If you have an aortic aneurysm, or other life-threatening health condition, such as advanced age, in addition to chilling out, you also have to THINK. But you can still have a great time at the gym.
This is where you need to think quality weight training versus quantity weight lifting. It is remarkable what a great workout you can have with a five pound weight. As long as you watch your blood pressure as you develop your exercise program, which is easy to check nowadays, stay aware, and dance the dance, you’ll find lots of ways to use a simple weight or ball to strengthen every muscle group without risking your aorta. You just work with gravity, not against it.
It’s not about the quantity of weight you employ, but the quality of the moves you make with a weight that is safe for you.
That’s what I’m doing now, anyway, as I await my stent repair, and it feels great. Much better than doing nothing.
Important Note: These posts do not provide medical advice. You should always consult your physician before undertaking or significantly modifying an exercise program.
Copyright © 2010 Kevin T. Morgan aka FitOldDog, Old Dogs in Training, LLC.
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