12 hours of disuse.
If exercise was enough, coaches would stop after they make football players run laps around the field and throw and catch footballs. Exercise conditions the body, but the mind has to learn to use new skills when we are distracted. Exercise strengthens muscles, but it does not retrain the brain to use muscles when we have a cognitive challenge.
Transferring gains from exercise to my daily routine has had mixed results. Success: I consistently lift my hemiplegic leg higher than is necessary to walk up the steps to my front door. I am pleased I do not see scuff marks on the top on my new shoe. I am no longer dragging the toe of my shoe over the edge of the step.
Failure: I want to stop arching my back when I lean my stomach against a counter for support. I am failing two-thirds of the time. To remind myself to reach forward and lean on my right hemiplegic hand, I put a beige piece of non-slip shelf liner on the front edge of the kitchen sink. I kept forgetting to do this so I added a 2nd memory aid. A blue piece of non-slip shelf liner reminds me to 1st rest my sound hand on the counter when my hemiplegic hand reaches for the counter. I am improving so I know I can stop this bad habit.