Whether you're recovering from surgery, an injury or an illness, regaining strength takes time, and it’s easy to feel exhausted and discouraged. If you’re starting rehab, certified personal trainer and exercise therapist Misty Richens offers four pieces of advice for when the work becomes challenging.
As the Wellness Director at Edward and Marion Huckins Health and Wellness Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Misty guides her clients through exercises while providing support and encouragement.
I love what I do and that makes it so rewarding. So many people here have limitations, but they don’t let that stop them.” – Misty Richens, Wellness Director, Edward and Marion Huckins Health and Wellness Center
As you begin your rehab journey, keep these four tips from Misty in mind.
At the start of a new session, Misty tries to connect with each person by talking through their goals for everyday living. Is there a specific task they would like to be able to do again? If your goal is to walk again, don’t lose sight of it. “Sometimes (clients) come in and don’t think they can do the things they can,” she says.
In recovery, Misty says, if you get up and do one thing, you’ll feel better and have a new sense of confidence. It’s worth the effort to try, because if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to feel how you’ve always felt.
Misty’s motto is to set small, attainable goals. “When we reach those, we move on to the next,” she says. When you start small, every movement is an accomplishment worth celebrating.
On the wall of the gym at Hot Springs Village is the motto, “Every muscle, every way, every day.” To start, stand up, take one step, do one exercise, and don’t let discouragement stop you from regaining strength and health and reaching your rehab goals.