How exercise has improved my cp ðŸ’ª

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In previous posts I’ve discussed my weight loss over the last two years which has made me so incredibly happy but it’s also improved my Cerebral Palsy in ways I could’ve never imagined!

Before starting the gym my mobility had hit an all time low, I was constantly falling over, had daily aches and pains and things I’d once found easy had become a huge struggle.  As you can imagine being 4 ft 11 and almost 12 stone is going to affect anybody’s mobility so add CP into the mix and your not doing well!

I was a complete beginner when it came to the gym and I had no idea where to start when it came to exercises, I thought I would be able to get some help online but after hours of searching I found that nearly all the exercises or advice I could find for people with disabilities were poor to say the least.

My first few months at the gym I took things easy and only used machines that I knew wouldn’t effect my legs as I was scared of injuring myself and loosing what independence I had, after about 6 months into my gym session I started to notice my weight loss but couldn’t see much difference to my mobility problems. Once I got more comfortable at the gym I began to figure out what I could use and that’s when my complete love for the gym truly started.

I started to see a real difference to my Cerebral Palsy when I’d been at the gym about a year and a half, I had so much strength in my legs and for the first time in my life I felt strong enough to walk without linking someone while out and about which at the age of 24 is amazing (no one wants to be holding a parents hand at my age). As well as my body strength and stability improving I also found that the more I worked out the more my stamina improved which meant that I could finally complete a lifelong goal, which you will know from my previous was completing race for life 😀

I know that it is a cliche but exercising definitely has changed my life and improved my health and wellbeing in so many ways, before I started working out I was convinced that exercise wouldn’t do me much good but I was so wrong and would recommend exercising to anyone regardless of their disability. I know that not everyone can access every piece of equipment but no matter what you can do, any form of movement will really help.

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12 thoughts on “How exercise has improved my cp ðŸ’ª

  1. Love this post!!
    Can I ask, do you have anyone help you in the gym? Like a personal trainer?
    I have often considered joining a gym, but am worried about my lack of stamina. I had some intensive hydrotherapy a couple of years ago to help improve my stamina and build strength in the muscles that help me stand straighter and oppose the really tight muscles, but I found it exhausting!! How did you find your energy levels when you started working out?
    Also I fond it really important to really stretch out before exercising and would need someone to help me out with that.

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    • Thanks Chris 🙂
      When I first started the gym my ex boyfriend or my dad came with me but also the gym instructors were always happy to help if needed. As you’ve said when I first started I had all sort of concerns but if you join the right gym then the gym instructors should be able to support you, when I first started though I’m not going to lie my energy levels were awful but once my body adapted and started eating right it mproved. I used to do my stretches before I got to the gym because I found it easier doing that but I know there are some fab personal trainers out there who would be able to help you. If you wanted I’d be happy to talk about my routines and stuff 🙂

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  2. Thanks that would be good! Did you take advice from a physio as to what muscles to work on?
    The physio I saw earlier in the year warned me not to try and strengthen tight muscles, as It would make them tighter.
    Also I know that people with cp use 3 times more energy than other people, so burn more calories, how do you get on with that?

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    • No I haven’t managed to see a physio since I was about 19 so I just went with how my body felt,if something seemed to hurt or not help I’d stop. When I first started I was almost 12 stone so burning more calories than I ate was needed but now I try to stay in maintenance with my food so I have a heart rate monitor to work out what I’m burning then eat according to that. I eat around 1400 calories a day and burn about 300 extra cals on gym days.

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  3. Some facilities offer adaptive equipment such as the Quadriciser. If your facility does not offer inclusive fitness, don’t be too shy to ask. They just may not realize there is a market for it.

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