The Long Road Back – I Want to Feel Better Now

By | March 25, 2014

Some rehab programs are more difficult to get join than others.

Some rehab programs are more difficult to get join than others.

Before we get lost in a myriad of details I would like to discuss a quick rule of thumb that I use to estimate the time required and the expected difficulty of the rehab process, because the reason why most of these endeavors fail is that the doctor and the patient vastly underestimate the magnitude of the job that lies ahead of them. This is not an occasional day at the gym or a weekend at some high priced health spa. It is nothing less that a total transformation of diet, activity and mental orientation. When speaking to patients I generally estimate a rehab program building up to at least one hour a day lasting one month for every year of prior inactivity followed by a program of chronic maintenance of similar extent and intensity. In the present case George’s regular physical exercise ended at age 22 and he is now 60 so he would be looking at a little over three years to reach his peak physical condition. This is a lot to ask of a person, but I know of no shortcuts.


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