Several of my friends with HCV are coming out of their caves after a long winter’s hibernation and I worry about them. They just aren’t getting a suitable level of exercise. I have been rading up on this and have the most excellent regimen.

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb. potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato bags.

Then try 50-lb. potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb. potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.  (I’m currently at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, begin by putting a few  potatoes in each bag . Don’t try to approach this too rapidly. Build up to it slowly so as not to be disappointed if you hit the wall going from the 50-lb. bags to the 100-lb. ones. 

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  1. WGM says:

    🙂 You funny GI, you makey me raff

    • asknod says:

      A Marine on Trail watch up North used one phrase I translated that often got everyone’s attention shortly after. “You one funny Tahan (Pathet Lao). That’s why I’m gonna kill you last.” He liked to take them up in the old H-34 choppers (big side door) with baling wire handcuffs and threaten to give them flying lessons. Now they won’t even let the guys waterboard them. Whatever is War coming to?

  2. Robert G says:

    You better stop believing in the easter bunny too buddy… This is bad advice for us non farmers. Lifting anything can be torture all throughout the year. Proper exercise is always good rehabitilation. For ill guys like me who has no thyroid, cirrhosis, RA, asthma, disc disease, MDD and of course HCV with all the loveable symptoms. If it wasn’t for Ritalin I would never go to the gym. Impossible to lose weight even if I starve myself. My dues are paid every month but the results are not. Still potatoes are good for you if baked….

  3. Kiedove says:

    More good advice. I just bought a pedometer for motivation to add more steps per day.

    Also would like to recommend this free documentary on Hulu about another infectious disease, the potentially deadly bacteria from the Lyme tick. This was an eye-opener. I had no idea this could do this kind of damage. The good docs, the creeps, the conflicts of interests, insurance companies, the patients, the CDC etc.. We need some documentaries about HCV and veterans.

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