Don’t Stretch Muscles, Strengthen And Lengthen Them!

Don't Stretch Muscles, Strengthen And Lengthen Them!

Don't Stretch Muscles? What Are You Talking About, FitOldDog? As I rehabilitate my left shoulder, following thoracic surgery, avoiding a frozen shoulder is critical. This requires a careful program of strengthening and lengthening. I work to increase range of motion, each day, and strengthen the muscle groups involved. For several days after surgery, there was no way I could lift my left arm above my ... Read more

Returning To Running Later In Life

Major Surgery Recovery? Should I Return To My Sport? You need a safe exercise program! First Complete FitOldDog's Sport Benefit-Risk Analysis People told me not to do this - Too Dangerous!!! Did it anyway - sport benefit-risk analysis.  "The choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: rational, conscious, and therefore practical; or contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately ... Read more

FitOldDog’s Aortic Surgery Recovery Guide

FitOldDog's Aortic Surgery Recovery Guide

OR It is important to prepare for aortic surgery recovery. It takes training and planning, for an optimal outcome. Especially as you age. Older people really need more recovery time after a workout. And after surgery, because surgery is a workout - a tough one! I was talking to an engineer at Cook Medical. Where they made my abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent graft. He said to me, "Kevin, you have done ... Read more

Recovery From Major Surgery May Take Longer Than You Think, But I Suspect That Luis Has It Nailed

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”  Albert Einstein Hi folks, welcome to my thoughts! I do love to think, and I especially like it when I'm proven wrong with respect to some set idea in my head. Of course, I'll kick and scream before I change - hell, I'm a misoneist, like the rest of us. I don't do so well with ... Read more

Providing Exercise Advice To Aortic Patients From The Patient’s Perspective

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.