Monday, September 3, 2012


I walked a block and a half to an appointment a few days ago.

When I got there, everything hurt. The area where my leg meets my pelvis was in spasm, my lower back twinged. It was hard to put one foot in front of the other, I felt the urge to waddle.

The very next day, I did a work out. The day after that, today, I did another. When I was done my one mile walk (with the indefatigable Leslie Sansone) I added a stretching routine designed for increasing mobility (by British trainer, Joanna Hall).

The stretches were hard. The Lying Spine Stretch, for example,

was nearly impossible for my left leg.

I was very grateful the Opposite Arm and Leg Reach

included a variation with me on the floor.

I was afraid I'd fall.

The Full Body Stretch nearly choked me.

and I just about cried trying to peel my vertebra off the wall one at a time during the Wall Roll Down.

But I can't wait to do it all again, tomorrow.
(Other stretches in the routine included the Side Bend, the Seated Spine Rotation, and |my all-time favourite, the Cat Curl.)

My goal is continue this month as I have begun: a walking workout and a stretching workout every day. It's easiest that way.

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