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I am returning to exercise after a serious horseback riding injury this past Oct. I just now got released from the Dr. to start very minimal exercise. Today I added 5 more minutes to my recumbent bike routine which is the only aerobic exercise my Dr. says is OK for me to do right now. Sometimes I feel frustrated because I compare what I can do now to what I could do a year ago- before my accident. Today while I was working out I realized that this time 3 months ago I could only walk using a walker. That made me feel great knowing that all the tiny little steps, all the pain and hard work is actually making a difference. Losing the extra weight can only help in my rehab and in every other aspect of life. I am getting healthier even if it's only 5 more minutes a day

@ 11:12pm ET on February 12, 2013

Excellent progress. Yes. 5 Minutes may seem forever. But in reality, 5 + 5 + 5 every day will lead into 50 + 50 + 50 in a few short months. Remember that old racing turtle who won the race? Slow and steady is best pace in the long run. Way to go for going from crutches to your recumbent bike routine.

Just wondering... Did you ask your doctor about swimming exercises? If wondering, my son's spinal fusion doctor loves swimming. Even if only standing in the water and floating around for 30 seconds at a time. Something about near gravity effect and healing the mind as well. Swimming might be great recovery exercise for you as well.

Again. Keep up the great work.

@ 3:58am ET on February 13, 2013
Your post made me feel a bit bad about myself, but at the same time it's inspiring me! :)

I hope you'll get well as soon as possible! :)

@ 10:53am ET on February 14, 2013
I'm proud of you for wanting to get back into your physical activity routine, and good for you for listening to your doctor about what you should and shouldn't do. Never forget to reflect on where you've been and how far you've come. It will keep you motivated!!

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