Good morning everybody,
I am a RBKA that means I am an amputee and i lost my right leg below my knee.
The accident happened a bit less than 3 years ago and today i use a prosthesis that allows me to walk (not run) and do the normal everyday things. I am able to wear the prosthesis for the full day without great discomfort.
I believe it is time for me to go back to doing physical activity after this long break that i had to take due to my accident and i am here to ask for help and support to find the direction i will take.
I am a 50 year old, 5’10’’ about 185 pounds (84kg).
I have not exercised (beyond rehabilitation) since my accident in march 2018.
As a young man i was very active and practiced many sports, including soccer, swimming, long distance running, cycling, golf, for fun and rugby professionally.
I want to get back to have an acceptable (for me) level of fitness and body shape.
I canNOT run with my prosthesis only walk, up to very fast walk.
My balance is very good in general but if i try to balance on my right leg only i still find it difficult staying still.
While i use the prosthesis for walking the muscle used by my right leg are different from the ones used by my left and my right thigh has lost a lot of muscle tone. My left leg is stronger (and almost twice as bigger ) instead because amputees tend to compensate the reduced support on the missing leg with the other one.
I already do a lot of meditation and my spiritual side is way ahead in fitness compared to my body, so I was thinking that pilates or yoga could do it for me.
When i see yoga, i feel uncomfortable because my prosthesis does not allow me to be as flexible at the knee and i am afraid i will never be able to do the lotus position comfortably wearing or not wearing the prosthesis.
I watched some pilates videos and i think i can do most of the things.
Are there other amputees out there that can help me identify a good path to physical fitness?
Are there any trainers that have dealt with below the knee amputees and can point me to something that is good for me?
Thank you for the patience of reading this message, i look forward to hearing from you and i can’t wait to get started with this community.
It’s a beautiful day out there, enjoy it!
Augusto “Gus” Evangelisti