hi , my name is Christian Brougeille, I’m 24 years old from north hills ca ,and I’m a right aka(above knee amputee) and pre amputation, i would consider myself an active guy in terms of athletic ability , always up and about doing something to get my blood running, heart beating fast, fast paced environment type guy. Now, post amputation, i have of course no way to do half the stuff i used to, i find myself eating more than i did before and doing a lot of sitting and it all just ends up in my gut. Now this might sound weird, but i know have the drive to do something about it, i just need someone/something to point me in the right direction. Currently, i am practicing on my own with my prosthesis and getting better at it slowly but surely. but until then , i would like to receive some tips on wat i can do in the meantime to control the rapid weght gain and possibly learn what type of exercises i can do , that would be very much appreciated. thank you very much.
Hi Christian, thank you for your comment. I’d like to congratulate you for taking initiative to take care of yourself. Remember no one takes care of you but yourself. Us amputees sometimes feel sorry for ourselves and think the whole world is out to get us. When ever you feel down all you have to do is think about the people that have it way more worse than you and that normally cheers me up.
For us amputees, first thing is the attitude. Its not the end of the world and we can still go out there and do whatever we want. I get the feeling that you have plenty of that attitude.
As far as the exercise tips, please read the comment right below this post. Chair yoga and swimming sounds fantastic to me. Yoga heals you physically and psychologically. Swimming is great to get your heart rate going. Since you have both hands you can easily do upper body exercises. As for your stump I like to suggest you get some kind of rubber sleeve to put over. then you can get resistance bands from any sporting store and do resistance exercises. If you search exercises for above knee amputees, you will find plenty of videos to give you ideas. Hope this was helpful.
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