Thanks to having messed up my knee more than once, the last time pretty badly, I was told to not do any exercise until things improved. Even my attempts at limiting or modifying part of my workouts had been straining a very twisted up knee. For about 4 weeks I did very little exercise, since my other common form, that thing called “walking” also required pressure on the knee. Stair climbing, especially on laundry days, has not been fun. Aside from the day to day normal use of one’s arms and legs and body, the one exercise I tried to control was that of heavy fork lifting.
Saturday when I was on my bed, reaching for something on my hands and knees, I noticed that my arms felt weak, otherwise known as feeling out of shape. The good news was that my knee had started feeling better. Not wanting to recreate that cycle of exercise and then debilitating, twisted knee pain, I went through about half of my work out on Sunday evening. I was strange: everything I did felt like it took an inordinate amount of energy. Since when did my arms start weighing 200 pounds each when I had to raise them above my head? I made it about half way through the work out. Hey, I did do the entire warm up, that should count for something!
Today I got through about 90% of the entire workout, skipping any obvious knee/cartilage/tendon killers. And this time it wasn’t exhausting, but energizing, which means I am back to workouts just in time, just before my muscle tone would have gone straight to the flabster. I think I discovered a little trick to helping do the workouts when there is no sun out – a light box! I have an old one of mine that I use in my office during the winters because absolutely no outside light seems to visit this room except in the Spring and Summer. Okay, it’s not Hawaii but it definitely helped me feel like moving my body.
Since I have a birthday coming up, which means much great eating and cake eating, (oddly all of it scheduled on days NOT my birthday), I will be looking forward to enjoying much fine food without the guilt. I certainly don’t want the food regifting appearing on my sides!