Ready, steady, go! If only exercise were that easy … Whether you’re thinking about getting back into your workout routine or you’re brand new to exercise, here are three tips to help you achieve your goals (whatever they may be!)
Exercising is never easy, and exercising with an SCI may be made more complicated by having to consider other factors before hitting the gym or signing up for the latest fitness craze.
Our sponsors at Coloplast understand these complications and want to help you get started with three simple steps:
1. Catheterize before the activity
Whatever you decide to do, catheterize right before you start, as this will minimize the risk of leakages.
2. Stick to your schedule
Schedule exercise in advance, keep the day and time consistent and tell your friends or family about your plan. It’s easier to carry out your routine when other people can support your efforts—and maybe even join you!
It’s also easy to get carried away when you’re involved in sports activities—especially when you’re almost about to win or are in good company! Set yourself a reminder so you don’t forget to catheterize before or during. Think about where you’ll be doing your activity and plan when you can visit the restroom so it doesn’t get in the way.
Tips on catheter schedules:
- Link your intermittent catheterization routine to your regular daily activities, for example, brushing teeth and mealtimes.
- Use reminder ‘aids’ like alarms (on watch or phone) and notes.
- Drink at least 68-ounce glasses (equivalent to 1.5-2 liters) of fluid every day. Always check with your health care provider, as some medical conditions may require you to limit your fluid intake.
- Keep your catheters and accessories handy. Read more about packing a “smart kit”.
- If you realize you missed your last scheduled catheterization, catheterize as soon as possible.
- Consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or doubt.
3. Remember to drink
Bladder issues, working hard and the insecurity of not being at home might persuade you to drink less. But if you sweat more or the weather is hot, you will need to drink even more to replace lost fluids.
Take small sips and plan your catheterizations with the steps above. Avoid dehydration!