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General Activity Recommendations
- Try to maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible. If there are activities you truly enjoy, whether it be walking the dog or yard work, make these a priority to continue.
- Be gentle with yourself and listen to your body. A rest or a nap in the afternoon may be beneficial when balanced by activity.
- The cliché “no pain, no gain” is absolutely false! If any activity or movement causes discomfort or pain, eliminate it until you can discuss it with an occupational therapist.
- Even on difficult days, commit to performing minimal activities, such as laundry, washing dishes, light house cleaning, getting dressed or catching up on correspondence.
- Implementing proper body mechanics and energy conserving techniques will help you remain active throughout the day and into the evening. For instance, many people will be completely exhausted by noon and remain sedentary until the following morning.
Learning to use your body efficiently will naturally conserve energy and make activities easier to perform.
- Bend the knees rather than bending at the waist, but do not squat down
- Carry objects close to you and use both arms when possible
- Never use twisting motion – pivot on your feet while keeping your back straight - face the object you are reaching for to avoid the chance of twisting