My New Best Friend

Introducing… My arm bike! At Stanmore there is a lot of time to kill as you are on your own a lot, as the other patients are in physio sessions and visitors aren’t allowed in until 2pm. For me, using the arm bike was a great way to kill time but more importantly it improved my strength and got me moving which inevitably made me feel good about myself.

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It’s hard to start off with, well at least it was for me! I couldn’t push the bugger for more than 3 minutes. I invested in some ActiveHands, which are gloves that allow you to grip onto a handle, ironically named Get A Grip, which I felt wasn’t a great slogan! I remember when I reached 9 minutes and it felt like I had cycled a marathon… Weird thinking about that now as I can now watch a whole movie whilst pushing!

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My best friend has only let me down once after I had finished a session. There is a slight ramp going onto the bike which I warn you not to come off sideways from… Yeah, that wasn’t one of my best ideas as I ended up on the floor with a massive bump on my head and music blaring so nobody could hear me! I now am particularly careful when coming off the arm bike!

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