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Strenthening Shoulders

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Here's the page I'm going to start my shoulder project with:
The Importance of Training the Shoulder
Give this Crucial Joint a Boost
-- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor

I haul an oxygen tank around, and it's very demanding on the shoulders.

Most of my exercise is recumbant bike and treadmill. I enjoy the bike a lot, but the treadmill is better training for endurance. Both together have so improved my knees muscles, that I no longer have the knee problems I thought would last a lifetime.

Lately, though, I've fallen back into inactivity and become weaker. I have COPD (emphysema with a small asthma conponent). It's too tempting for me, a couch potato from birth, to slack off the training needed to maintain any quality of life. I'd love to get back into shape and drive again, at least try to. It may be that my meds have cut down on my reaction time. I do get very short of breath (SOB) when anxious. And feeling more vulnerable generally, leads to anxiety.

But there is room for improvement, and to whatever degree is possible, I'd like to make it. I have found a lot of inspirational people on SP! So I'll start a 30-minute a day exercise streak, with weight training days working on shoulders.
Wish me luck.
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