Today I had my 1st post-op exercise assessment at the Green Summa/YMCA Rehab Center. My pre-op session was so informative. I was looking forward to today’s assessment. I like the exercise trainer who works with me. I find her very motivating and informative.
It was different than I expected. Today was all about setting up a healthy and beneficial exercise plan for me. We spent time talking about what I wanted to achieve and what my likes are in terms of exercise. She put together a nice workout routine for me that included warm-up and stretches, weights and cardio. It was a long appointment lasting 90 minutes.
We spent about 45 minutes in the YMCA working on the weight machines. I have been so intimidated to ever use these machines. We worked through them; learning how to operated them. I did 1 or 2 sets of 8-10 repetitions on the six machines she selected for me. We also looked at varying my cardio workout from the treadmill. I loved the elliptical trainer.
So here is the plan we worked out. I am going to continue my treadmill routine but up the intensity level and not the time. I moved 25% faster on my walking test than I did in June. On at least 3 of the days, I am going to do the stretch and warm-up exercises I learned. I want to add in the weights and cardio. I am planning to join either the Tallmadge Rec Center or the Westfield Health Club. I am going to do the weights 3 times a week with 30 minutes on the elliptical.
That’s my plan for moving forward. I was very happy with how the morning turned out. I am so much more informed and more confident on using exercise equipment.