Awwwwwwwwwww, spring has officially arrived. Take that Punxsutawney Phil. I'm saying that for the mid & east coasters. Here in Tucson we've had a pretty mild winter. I hope everyone gets to melt out now.
My knee is officially 1 year old now and is doing FAB-U-LOUS! Every week I seem to be able to do more & more and inspire more & more people with knee replacements to do more than they think they can.
For most of us, its our head that prevents us from moving forward, not the new knee. Remember folks, we got the darn thing to do what we used to do without pain. Yes, we've lost some of the strength, yes, we've lost some of the mobility but NO, it doesn't have to remain lost. Keep working. Trust the hardware and push those self-determined limits.
I'm often asked about kneeling. Do I, don't I? Well, my Doc said to not do repetitive kneeling so I took that to mean that I could do 1 long kneel. For stretching, right? I do lunges, squats, plies, curtsey lunges and lateral lunges. Maybe not as low as pre-pain but I'm getting there. I was told not to run. Oh boo-hoo for me. I don't run unless there's a person with a weapon behind me anyways. Just not my thing, but I do dance and hop or jump when choreography dictates. If I'm not ready for a move yet, I modify. Big deal! However...I do jog on an underwater treadmill.
I step up & down from high rises and/or workout benches, getting more & more confident each time. We, alone, need to test those boundaries, however slowly and methodically and only we, ourselves, know when we're ready to go it alone. I work on balance & stability both static and dynamic. Remember people, you only have lousy balance when your face hits the floor, not when your foot taps down.
All of that tapping down is good. It means your proprioceptors are firing, sending the message to adjust so you don't fall. Communication between the nervous system and the musculo-skeletal system is ON. Thats a good thing, folks. So tap away. In time you'll regain that balance you once had again. Be patient & kind to yourself, you'll get there.
BUT, it'll never get better if you don't try. It could be the difference between falling in the grocery store or being able to dodge someone racing past you, accidentally bumping into you and being seriously hurt.
You can't prevent every accident but you can lesson the probability of falling. This is especially important for seniors.
Another factor in balance & stability is postural alignment. Work on it, people. Alignment helps with moving efficiently through space with grace and confidence. If you stare at the ground all of the time, you'll miss out on so much of the beauty this world has to offer. Look up & out, smell the flowers, say hello to people. You can't do that if you don't look out.
This week I didn't get a chance to go to dance class. Well, thats not quite true, I had a chance on Tuesday but got offered a free herbal wrap and I took it. I also had my monthly 90 minute massage appointment on Friday. Apparently, it was stress relief week for me. I needed it. I got a bit of food poisoning last weekend. Just a touch but enough to mess with my stomach all week. Pain only once but off-feeling every day.
I went to the Dr. who gave me a prescription for some anti-biotics if I needed them but he said it seems as though I've already been through the worst of it. I haven't filled the prescription yet. I'd rather not if I don't need them.
My buddy gave some of us a RIP Trainer workshop. This is a piece of equipment brought to you by the folks that gave us the TRX suspension trainer. It's basically a bar with a bungy tube attached to only 1 end of the bar. You attach the other end of the tubing to an anchor point and you get a crazy core workload because the you're working with an unbalanced load. Whew! Crazy hard and crazy cool. Some exercises remind me of some of the Burdenko work but with the one-sided load instead of equal load. Which, by the way, is pretty tough to begin with.
Today's dance class is being replaced with a baby shower for my niece. A very good reason indeed.
Putney's well and happy. Still doesn't seem to have any pain so we're continuing on, I'm thrilled to report.
Keep dancing folks. Peace out