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Create Your Own Exercise Book!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My exercises from the physical therapists at a physical rehabilitation hospital are all located in two places. The original copies of the well-illustrated, step-by-step instructions (one sheet per exercise for some, a few per page for others) is in a file folder tucked away.

The second copy is the one I use. And I recommend other people consider creating a book like this when they want easy access to fresh ideas, too!

I put the sheets in heavy-duty sheet protectors in a looseleaf binder.
They're organized by type and ability.
There are dividers that separate them, too.

I must do certain stretches and exercises every day. They are my 'routine'.
The routine can be done in 15 minutes in briefest form, but should take 20-30 minutes.
The other exercises build upon these basics.

So every day even though I know my exercises and routine, I look at the book, do the routine...and then decide what to add to it if I want to go a bit further that day.

Having my own exercise book reminds me of the correct form, the way I can expand upon what is done to do more difficult things. You see, the book doesn't just contain what I CAN do. It also is a lifetime program, with exercises I may never be able to do...but CAN aspire to try to do! Over the years I've managed to add to the list of things I can do...and it feels good to know I've turned those pages in that book!

You can find instructions for exercises in different places, print them out, create a book similar to mine. About.com is a good resource. SP has a page where you can check off printable routines and print them, too: www.sparkpeople.com/reso

This is one of those things you can do in simple form... or can have fun creating artistic pages. (I have a checklist that I used to use daily! It was in almost graph format, so I could at a glance know what I'd done each day of a full week at a glance. That checklist of the exercises was kept in a 'pocket' dividider in the front of the book. Helped me develop what is now my daily habit/routine.

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    Great idea Carol. I print the exercises off, then
    I have to go searcging for them.
    I'll try your idea. emoticon emoticon
    3687 days ago
  • CHAS1949
    Cool idea!
    3687 days ago
    That's a great idea, GrandmaSam. I often see a listing for an exercise, knowing I'd watched the video in the past but not sure of the moves again. An illustrated book would solve that problem. Thanks for the suggestion!
    3687 days ago
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