As I channel my inner Olivia Newton-John, I had an experience the other day, and I would like to share this with my fellow fitness friends.
We go to the gym and we love our classes and we talk and we move to music and meet physical and social and mental needs all at once. It is wonderful.
But last week, I got another cortisone shot for my knee and the dr. wanted to send me to Physical Therapy and I said “Why do that when I go to the gym and it’s paid for already? Just tell me what to do and what NOT to do for the next few weeks!”
So I was given some specialty exercises that I can do at home, and told not to do squats and planks and pushups whatsoever, unless I could do them from my feet.
So I try to do most of my exercises at home, and when they start doing any of the above, I just do free weights in some shape or form. My arms are going to be awesome! Haha!
As I lay on the floor at home and do the leg exercises she gave me, I don’t have any music going on and I can give the task at hand my full attention. What I have come to find out is that it is very interesting to listen to my body.
We all know that we talk about the creaking of our bones and joints as we age. I am nowhere near a knee replacement although there may be arthroscopic surgery in my future, but not today. But, it’s not really the knees that I am talking about. As I quietly lay on the floor, I can listen to the pops and cracks of my pelvic bones, my lower back and to a small extent, my hips. It is interesting to focus on exactly what is going on and where.
I want to strengthen these areas for what I can, but I also am aware of where the weaknesses are, in a way I can’t hear when I've got the TV on, or listening to the upbeat music at the gym. I mean, whoever heard of a silent gym???
This may be an experiment for you to try, and it doesn't matter how “fit” you are, because this is about bones. It is not about how much meat I have on those bones. Give it a try some quiet evening, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Exercises to do? Nothing major. Slow leg lifts. Crunches. The keyword is SLOW so you CAN hear your body talk!