Way five was exercise. It was key to my recovery. Just after the accident I couldn’t run to the end of the driveway. I didn’t stop, though. I started riding my bike. Within a year or so I ran 10K without stopping. I wasn’t fast, but I did it without limping. I was relearning how to use my body.
Chapter 26 of The Memory Box is all about how exercise helped my recovery, backed up by peer reviewed research. So I wasn’t surprised to see a new study called “Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Gray Matter Volume in the Temporal, Frontal, and Cerebellar Regions in the General Population,” which basically states that “Aerobic exercise helps your brain.”
Simply, exercise will help your brain heal. Read the article, and if you can, read it while riding a stationary bike.
In the spring of 1990 Allan Boss was in a motor vehicle accident. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. The attending neurosurgeon informed his family that he would never walk again or talk again. He recovered and finished three university degrees including a Ph.D., has written/edited four published books and his CBC Ideas docudrama “Updrafts” about recovering from brain injury won nominations for multiple international awards including the Peabody and the Prix Italia. He is currently writing a non-fiction book about his recovery.