Friday, December 30, 2011

Fit for 2012

Of those that make New Year's Resolutions, experts predict that as many as 70% put losing weight at the top of their list. In addition to the traditioal benefits, amputees have extra motivation to remain fit. Prosthetic choices and socket fit are optimized when the wearer is both physically active and at a healthy weight.

Exercising with limb loss can feel both intimidating and overwhelming. For the gym novice, it is easy to become "lost" in a sea of machines. Those who were comfortable in a gym before limb loss often experience frustration and anxiety when attempting to exercise with their prosthetic.

With 2012 starting in a few days, we wanted to take this opportunity to relay a new resource designed to promote amputee fitness. OssurActive is an online workout program that has been specifically designed for the lower extremity amputee. Whether you are a novice to the gym or a casual athlete, this program can be tailored to your abilities.

The program features a series of videos demonstrating exercises for the above knee and below knee amputee. Although the videos were filmed in a gym environment, the exercises can be completed at home. Registration is required for the site, there is no fee and it can be accessed 24 hours a day from the comfort of your home!

In addition to the workout videos, OssurActive features an interactive forum where amputees can share both frustrations and triumphs. A wealth of information has been compiled to help with every level of fitness. From nutrition to strength training, this site has the answers that you need to achieve your fitness goals in 2012.

We wish you health and happiness in the upcoming year. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals in 2012. Happy New Year!

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