Agility 

For me, the aim of the mobility exercises is to maintain mobility and strength, especially in the legs and torso, for as long as possible. So far, this has enabled me to still take a few steps independently, to actively help with transfers, dressing and personal hygiene and to be able to turn around independently in bed.

Prolonged use of a wheelchair, cell phone or tablet can also be supported, as can other manual activities.

There is also a mental aspect: training means overcoming yourself to be active. The better you can do this, the more active you can be in your everyday life. A lot of things become more strenuous and your head decides whether to do or not to do...



I do the exercises consciously, i.e. I also mentally follow the movements in detail. This is how processes are stored in neural connections. I imagine that this way I can delay the dismantling. Physical changes should be “controlled” or compensated for with new connections in order to pass on the impulse for movement.

There is no guarantee that this consideration is medically plausible.


Morning routine


I put together this exercise routine at the very beginning. Every time you wake up, you start with simple stretching exercises. Then follow strengthening and mobilization. I started with 20 repetitions and keep trying to achieve this or at least get as close as possible. To better support your feet, you can use a blanket, an exercise mat or a wheelchair.

Waiting time in a wheelchair


There are always moments of waiting in a wheelchair, be it during morning care or in the waiting area at the doctor/physio. These exercises can also be done almost casually while watching TV or sitting in the garden. I also do individual exercises when I'm at the PC for a long time and sitting in the office chair.

This is less about the strength aspect and more about the movement and mobilization of the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, the number of repetitions or intensity is not important.

Motomed


The Motomed is a movement trainer for legs and arms that can be used while sitting in a wheelchair. Even with the smallest power conditions, the motor offers support so that this can also be used.

If spasticity occurs, the Motomed can resolve it.

https://www.motomed.com/

Fitness Center


It was clear to me that I would try to maintain my current level of fitness for as long as possible. In the fitness center you can put together an individual program and have expert support. The program can be adapted at any time to take personal priorities or physical changes into account.

!! NOT strength building training but strength endurance!!

Play with children


When my daughter climbed on me in the electric wheelchair or I rocked her on my legs, it was both fun and training for me. Another option was to play with her in bed. Lying on my back I was able to be active, especially with my legs and torso - when she climbed on me I "trained" passively.