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Should I buy a treadmill?

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I'm able to walk some and climb up stairs, but coming back down scares me, but only been going to physical therapy once a week anymore. Right now he puts me on a treadmill for 10-12 minutes, I don't know if once a week is enough. Can't really walk outside given the poor conditions of sidewalks (mostly nonexistent) here and the tropical climate. Tried going to a mall, but dependent on my wife to take me, but even though I just had a stroke her health and energy is often worse than mine. (Back issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, needing shoulder surgery) So relying on her to take either to a mall or gym hasn't worked out.

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hi ishack :

 

buying treadmill  & doing every day walking on treadmill has been best exercise regime I created for myself post stroke. I will credit lot of my positive recovery in mental & physical aspects to our treadmill. I am already on our number #2 treadmill, since first one (cheap one) died before me extending my life. so treadmill is best investment one should do in their post stroke journey.

 

Asha

 

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If you find it helps with the practice I say do it. My ex-husband installed another handrail along the wall so I could hold on with both hands but I also learned to walk down side stepping to get the balance correct. I still can't do down stairs without holding something. 

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If you can "walk" on a treadmill, I say, "Go for it!" Becky

 

 

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Hi Iskandar,

 

I find the treadmill to be helpful. For example, when I first started using mine I could barely handle the 1.5 mph speed. I'm now up to 2.6 mph. So I think it's useful to help quicken your gait and smoothen it out, but also to give you a good overall workout.

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Yes I would recommend it for convenience sake and safety.  A plus for us wife started using the treadmill also and her health and mental attitude has gotten better. 

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Hi Ishack, it's nice to meet you.

 

I agree with the others that a treadmill may be a good rehab tool for you.  My only concern is that your PT has you use one only once a week for 10 to 12 minutes at this time.  You may want to meet with your PT to develop an action plan...how many minutes you could start with, daily or every-other day, when you can increase the amount of time you use the treadmill, etc.

 

Best wishes, :smile:

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It was delivered on Friday and I've used it everyday over the weekend (including Friday). I think today I'll take off since tomorrow is physical therapy and he works me very hard. I've also started using a set of resistance bands for upper body. I thought about going to a gym, but I'm sure using free weights are a BAD idea right now and machines allow one side of the body to carry most of the weight. The bands were recommended by my PT and they were pretty cheap, at least when I look at what the treadmill cost. It was a bit of impulse buy while at the sporting goods shop, but they seem to work well. Both arms are equally as sore, and I'll do anything to get my right arm working. In another thread I asked about going backwards, and that was why I wanted something to push my right arm more than weekly PT sessions. 

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Its the easiest motivator for me.  I think I started out with 20 minutes at 1.4 mph.   Jot it down.  Nice to see your progress.  

Love the bands.  Other than they wear out and fly apart.  Still do them once a week.  But yes a very in expensive method to work out.  

Caution though make sure you use the emergency shut down.   I've been saved several times. Its easy to neglect but with spasticity thing can go awry suddenly.  

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I purchased a treadmill after my outpatient and personal trainer sessions ended.  My goals were to improve gait, improve balance (in walking), improve cardio rate, and increase my speed.  Missions accomplished.  I am so glad that I did.  (Linnie has a good early action plan.)

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A treadmill is absolutely a must if you can use it.  I had one before the stroke, so had that covered.  I didn't use one at PT but she told me I could start using mine at home.  Unfortunately I could only do .5 mph, slowest speed, for 2 min when I started.  Keep moving it up.  Now can do 38 min at about 2.5 mph.  I become very sore for a couple days after that, so need to take 1 or days off depending how I feel.  I also have an old bowflex with resistance bars, no free weights, and they are working pretty good.

 

 

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i woul like a bike, the kind that you push pedals forward instead of down recumbent i guess,,, i rode  one every other day doing hiit training before my stroke. 

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I have an old recumbent bike too.  I use it the most for my recovery at home.  Our Older Persons Center, of which I am a proud member now, has a lot of machines for workout just like in the PT offices.  I can use most of them, but the stepper and rowing machine is outside of my ability right now.  My head goes wonkers on me when I try them.  At the PT they have a small trampolene and I can't do that either.  I get real nauseous with those things.  Can't get on a boat now either and that's a real bummer.

 

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I got a threraband to wrap on my weak arm and do resistance exercise, hop it helps get the arm working better, right now I can use the bicep to lift my han towards the shoulder but that's about all. 

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Hi Alan,

 

That sounds like progress.  If you can get that done, more will come .....

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On 12/14/2017 at 7:29 PM, stockflyer said:

Hi Alan,

 

That sounds like progress.  If you can get that done, more will come .....

Thanks I am using the bands daily, and my Pt is giving  me tine on the treadmill. It was quite hard the first day, holding on with the right hand was tough

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Tough is doable.  I'll take that any day.  You will learn how to use it in short time.  The first time I was on the treadmill I walked at .5 mph, couldn't go slower.  And only 2 minutes.  Now I can go about 2.5 mph for 35 min.  Shot for the day or 2, but it making progress.  Of course that is 1.5 years later, but progress is still coming.  Of course I hold on.

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Good morning! It really warms the heart and puts a big ol' smile on the face to learn of your continued growth. And that mindset, "tough is doable", will keep you reaching for higher and higher goals. Won't be too long before you will be pulling a long line of other treadmillers up the hill towards better mobility. Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays! 

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Second day on the treadmill I almost doubled my time, slow pace, but gettintvfeel of it. Hard on my right arm to hold on.but no left arm yetso the right has to handle it. 

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Hey Alan - awesome job.  I did it and got exhausted and spend the next day recovering.  Legs totally wiped, arms really sore.  Still gets that way but get farther now.  I have mine in basement and had a whiteboard (like a chalkboard) that I mounted on the wall.  (OK,OK,OK, my son did most of it, but I did a little.)  But I right my records down on the board and then try to beat it by a little bit.  maybe a few more seconds, a few more calaroies maybe a little more mile.  But it reminds me of the max I have to hit.  Ialso keep track of my recumbent bike riding to but not so much.  I really liked to walk and want to get it back.  I walked/hiked 4 miles in a nearby park on Saturday before my early morning Sunday stroke.  Just dirt trails and listen to the coyotes in the background.  We have bald eagles in the park too.  Deer, fox, etc.

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