Those managing post-polio should never overdo their activities. Research indicates that exercising three times a week is best, starting out slowly and using three to six repetitions. Use a set of muscles then take a break using different muscles, then back to the first set of muscles. Since overuse of the shoulders is a common problem with this condition, a chair with an armrest provides assistance so shoulders don't have to support the weight of the arms. To learn more about increasing energy, click here.
EXERCISE GUIDELINES FOR POST-POLIO SYNDROME
SUGGESTED SIT AND BE FIT WORKOUTS FOR POST-POLIO
A WORD FROM MARY ANN
Remember, those managing post-polio must use twice as much energy to activate muscle, so the muscle fatigues more easily. All exercises are an overload for this condition. But muscles can and should be exercised as long as they don't over-fatigue themselves.
The SIT AND BE FIT program provides an exercise format that incorporates gentle movements while also offering a gentle full body workout to maintain functional fitness. They should be ideal for those managing post-polio.
The most important thing is not to give up on exercise!