At the age of 39, I have spent two decades working as a developer and project manager. I am married with a child, and life seems to be progressing well. However, there is a unique aspect that sets me apart – my physical condition, which falls below average parameters.
Life's initial evaluation is often a simplistic scale of 0 to 10, much like the Apgar score used for assessing a newborn's health. Scores from 7 to 10 signify normalcy, while scores between 0 and 2 indicate significant health deviations. In my case, I was scored a mere 2. Although I survived, this score came with its consequences: cerebral palsy, a second-degree disability classification, and a certificate of incapacity. This meant uncontrollable limb movements, impaired speech (though adaptable), and limited functionality in my right hand, which could only wave and press the Ctrl key. My gait resembled that of a zombie.
My health had always been a concern, but around the age of 30, my body's decline escalated. Alongside cerebral palsy, I faced issues like gastritis, colitis, prostatitis, arrhythmia, multiple intervertebral disc protrusions, osteoporosis, constant muscle spasms, vision impairment, insomnia, and more. I questioned a cardiologist about the early-onset arrhythmia, and her response was straightforward: cerebral palsy constantly strains all muscles, and the heart is no exception—it was just a matter of time until it was affected.
In short, my body was deteriorating at an accelerated pace compared to the average. Yet, my intellect remained intact, and my love for life endured. Thus, I consistently develop and apply a health maintenance system, one that I want to share with the community.
My system comprises three core components:
- Physical Well-being: Incorporating kinesiotherapy, yoga, breathwork, resilience training, and proper nutrition.
- Mental Resilience: Cultivating internal mindsets that empower and uplift me.
- Annual Diagnosis and Expert Consultation: Regular check-ups and consultations with top specialists in areas of concern.
My practices include:
Kinesiotherapy: Engaging in kinesiotherapy three times a week, each session lasting 1.5 hours. Since the spine is my vulnerable area—as is common among desk job professionals—the health of my spinal column affects numerous internal systems.
Morning Ritual: Dedicating the first hour of each day to myself. Every morning is a rebirth, and what I do with it shapes the day's significance. I then carry this inner joy throughout the day, having already provided my body with an excellent workout.
Evening Exercise: Participating in various activities 3-4 times a week for 30-60 minutes each. These activities range from yoga with Anton Ivanov to bonding with my son through exercise, relaxing on a massage bed, practicing Frolov's breathing exercises, elliptical workouts, meditation, and eye exercises from the M. Norbekov system.
Kinesiotherapy Forms the Foundation
Over time, joint functionality declines due to compromised blood supply. Blood circulation relies on muscles, making exercises the key to improving joint health.
Kinesiotherapy, also known as therapeutic exercise, focuses on movement or specific exercises to aid recovery from injuries, illnesses, or surgeries. In my case, kinesiotherapy targets my spine's health primarily.
For IT professionals, kinesiotherapy serves as a remarkable tool to enhance life quality. It boosts productivity, sharpens thinking, and cultivates pride in one's body.
Kinesiotherapy centers are available in most major cities. I recommend starting there under the guidance of professionals to formulate a personalized program. There are also informative books with visuals, such as "S. Bubnovsky — 50 Essential Exercises for Home and Gym."
At home, I've assembled necessary equipment to execute a comprehensive routine, akin to a professional gym setting.