This blog is part of our series of tips on how to reduce time sitting after stroke. Visit our website for more tips. Before carrying out any of the exercises in our blogs please read the important note below*
1. Get involved
Whilst the Christmas meal is being prepared, try to get close to the action so that you can, for example, stand up whilst the potatoes are being peeled, or whilst the table is being laid.
2. Check out your surroundings at the start
Find somewhere where you feel safe and confident to stand up, either with or without some help or support. This may take some investigation and trials, but it will be worth doing at the start of a busy day. Having sufficient time and opportunities to practice and gain confidence in standing are essential in building strength and improving ability to stand for longer.
3. Make a point of standing
Making a point of standing up at different stages of the day will minimise stiffness. For example, stand up when people arrive, stand up when you sit round the table to eat, stand up when you have finished your turkey, stand up when you have finished pudding and stand up if there are any chocolates or other treats on offer.
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* Please read before undertaking any exercises listed in this blog:
Neither headsup! neuro-rehab Ltd nor Anna Hamer accept any responsibility for any individual undertaking the activities or exercise suggested in our blogs, except to the extent those individuals are acting upon specific instructions from headsup! neuro-rehab Ltd specialist neurological physiotherapists.
If you are in any doubt please consult a specialist neurological physiotherapist. Please make sure you have suitable help to hand before embarking on any activities.