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Strength Training

When I started writing this blog, I wrote with an I don’t give a crap attitude.  I didn’t worry about hurting feelings – my feelings have been hurt A LOT.  I didn’t worry about offending anyone – I have been offended A LOT.  I just didn’t care.  Now I care.  I think my I don’t care attitude is part of what made this blog so popular.  I don’t know, maybe that has nothing to do with it but whatever I did at the start of this blog I want to keep doing.  On my last post, someone commented about strength training and I agreed that it’s super good for you and then I said that I was being hypocritical because I rarely strength train.  For the first time since I started writing this blog I thought later, “well maybe I shouldn’t have said that.”  That’s not not caring!  I think lots of people out there look up to me and take what I say very seriously.  I know this for a fact.  So for that reason I want to explain that comment a little bit.  I don’t weight train.  I’m human.  A lot of humans don’t do what they should be doing.  But in terms of stroke recovery – loss of strength is not an issue for me and never really was.  Strength training is not vital to my recovery.  Not to say that it wouldn’t help, it sure would but I’m doing ok with just the occasional session of weight training.  My issues involve control and coordination, not strength.  My issues were never about strength from day 1.  That’s why I don’t do strength training.  Practicing writing – I do that a lot.  Practicing eating and drinking with my right hand – I do that a lot.  Practicing pressing buttons on the remote control with my right hand – I do that a lot.  I do what I need to do.  I don’t need to weight train.  If poor strength was an issue for me you better believe I’d get a Total gym and do it everyday.



I never fell after I had a stroke, not once.  This is highly unusual.  Generally, it’s not an if thing, its a when thing.  It’s not if a stroke survivor falls it’s when a stroke survivor falls.  I’m going on a year and 4 months with no falls.  That’s not the norm.  There is a statistic that 70% of stroke survivors fall within the first 6 months.  I don’t know why I never fell, I certainly wasn’t always as safe as I could be.  I think I’m just lucky.  If you can avoid a fall, obviously do it.  The main reason, there are lots of reasons, but the main reason is that you don’t want to hit your head and cause any more inflammation in there.  That would be bad – you’ll already have plenty of inflammation in your head.  My advice – really work on your balance.  Balance alone, balance when walking, balance when reaching for things, balance when standing up from sitting down.  Your physical therapist will tell you what to do.  Read this