When Louise died, a kind friend gifted me some yoga sessions and I have become a bit of an addict. Despite having no calf muscles in one leg, and a broken hip for the other, yoga has proved to be very therapeutic and a form of physiotherapy. Another friend gave me a book Yoga for Cancer which specialises in asana poses for cancer patients to stimulate the liver, intestine and skin. I try and do yoga 3-4 times a week, often on my own, and now I even go to yoga classes in my gym. Apart from a few balance issues, which can be helped by the use of polystyrene blocks, I am no worse than many of the others in the class.
Pilates is particularly good for developing the core, and the Reformer machine was instrumental in my early recovery and mobility. However, access to Reformers is limited and expensive in Singapore so I go instead to Pilates or Yogalates classes, which is a winning combo of the two exercises.
Walk everywhere you can! It’s as good an exercise as any if you don’t have access to a gym or lack motivation to exercise on your own. Recent research shows that it can aid recovery from certain cancers by up to 40%.
Everyone’s taking about Mindfulness, but I think this is a bit of a bandwagon personally. So I just try and meditate every morning for 15 minutes, either in a lotus position or in the ‘legs up the wall’ pose (very good to reduce swelling in my leg). I use an app called Simply Being, which helps me calm down and zone out. This quite often takes most of the 15 minutes, it is true, but practising Pranayama breathing while meditating helps with the concentration. My cat, Pickle, particularly likes to join in…
I am not what you would call naturally sporty, but before I broke my hip and lost the muscles in my other leg, I was a very keen skier, hill-walker and diver. I have managed to dive again, and this coming Xmas (2014) I shall be trying my leg on the slopes! As for walking, well, I have managed to traipse round numerous cities in the Far East, and the African bush, without too much difficulty (you can read about my travels here) although I am a bit slow!