When you exercise in the “MENTOR” program, you aren’t just getting a workout; you’re learning the science behind working out. You understand how any exercise is possible with modification. The exercise was my favorite class in the 8-week program, and I love to work out. I haven’t talked much about working out on my blog, but this is an excellent way to start.
About 15 years ago, my life started to change, and my frustration increased. Someone had suggested I go to a gym; it might help. I didn’t like the idea because it can mean pain to someone, like me, with a CP to work out. From a young age working out and going to physical therapy were associated with physical pain. If people don’t understand or know cp, a person’s musicals can be very tight.
At a very young age, all I knew was pain from working out in physical therapy, so why, as an adult, would I want to do that again? Why would I voluntarily put myself through that kind of pain again? When I started going to the gym, it wasn’t just for my physical being but also my mental state. Working out started to have a new meaning. Unlike physical therapy, I could push myself as much as I wanted, and I would push too hard and overdo my body. When I would overdo it, I would just fall behind again.
I would work with trainers or exercise physiology to help me modify exercises, but I never truly worked with someone who understood the cp body. (Note: I’m also very stubborn and will go to the school of hard knocks before admitting to someone their right.) I believe that’s the fight in me.
Being part of the MENTOR program has shown me that it’s ok to take my time and not have to prove my way right before listening to others. 9 out of 10 times of not listening, my path was wrong; I most likely went ten steps backward instead of one step closer to my destination. The exciting part has known it’s ok to take my time.
They have shown me how to work out correctly and explained the physiological side of workouts. Why do we work out, what muscles are we exercising, and what is the benefit of that workout? I’m not going to lie; I have many friends in the exercise physiology area, but I never truly listened because of my stubbornness and thick-headedness.