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To progress your physical exercise, strength and endurance we have produced a set of tiered exercise videos. Whatever your physical level of activity we have a video to suit from gentle level 1 for those just starting on their recovery journey to more intensive level 3 for those who are feeling more able to build their strength. Watch the introduction video first and then try one of the workouts.
Beginner level 1
Intermediate level 2
Advanced level 3
The muscles you use to breathe are the same muscles that support your shoulders and neck. These positions help to support your shoulders so that your muscles can be used solely for breathing:
Over-Breathing/Hyperventilation is a perfectly normal reaction to any stressful situation. Generally when this has passed your breathing will return to a normal rate.
You may experience:
When we over-breathe we eliminate large quantities of carbon dioxide on every out breath. This causes a chemical imbalance affecting many of the body’s systems. This can be frightening causing us to become anxious which could further upset your breathing pattern.
Practise this little and often. Progress this to practising whilst standing or walking. As your body adapts to this way of breathing it will require less time and energy and is more relaxing.
Use this scale to monitor your breathlessness during any activity or exercise:
You should be aiming to work at a score of 3-4
It is normal to feel breathless when you exercise. It is not harmful or dangerous.
Gradually building your fitness can help you to become less breathless.
You may feel tired but even some basic exercises will be beneficial to your recovery. Start with 6-8 repetitions of each activity; gradually increase up to 12 repetitions. Getting out into a chair will greatly benefit your lungs, muscles, circulation and digestive system.
Move your ankles up and down
Push knee into towel and lift your heel off the bed
Slide your heel along the bed towards your bottom
Push your knee down into the bed
Bend your knees and lift your bottom off the bed.
Pull up your toes and slide your leg out to the side.
March your legs while sitting
Straighten one knee at a time and hold
Cross your arms and turn your head and body left and right.
Bend your arm to touch your shoulder, and then straighten.
Lift your arm up above your head then lower.
Keep your elbows tucked in, move your arms in and out.
Hold onto a firm surface for all standing exercises, for example, a kitchen work surface. Not all exercises need to be done at once so break them down into manageable sessions.
Lift the leg out to the side, and back to the centre
Lift the leg out behind you, and back to the centre
Stand up on your toes and gently back down
Squat down as able and then stand up tall
Marching on the spot
Sit to stand. Push up from chair (push up with hands if you need to)