Monday, August 13, 2012
Today, 43 days after starting SP, I did my first workout. I'm using one of Dr. K's workouts. It starts with an exercise he smoothly demonstrates: squat, thrust, legs apart and together (like a jumping jack on the floor in a leaning rest, or pushup position). Then hop back into the squat and jump up in the air before starting (without pause) all over again, until fatigued. Right. I was fatigued after the first one. The first one of the first of nine exercises.
Dr. K says the more joints you can involve in an exercise in a safe and balanced way, the better it will work, the faster you will heal, the more weight you'll lose, etc. Well, I used a lot more joints than he intended in this exercise. I used extra ones crawling on my knees, reaching for support, and attempting to climb back to my feet for the "jump" (allowing a little artistic license here, as it was more like a geriatric hop). You are supposed to stand up from the squat you resume after the thrust-apart-together move. But jumping forward, my knees hit my stomach, which in a pushup position is planted directly and firmly on the floor. So I had to rise to my knees to crawl back to the starting position.
Another exercise was doing three kinds of bicep curls with dumbells (or my jars of peanut butter) while seated on a ball. In order to let your arms extend downward, you end up sitting on the front of the ball. And the ball scoots suddenly backwards with a suspiciously passing-gas sound while I thrash wildly trying to catch my balance, tossing the jars of peanut butter (thankfully plastic) up in the air where they fall onto a vase and a printer tray, spraying water and paper around for the ball to slip on in the next exercise, a middle-trap-on-ball. Trap is correct, as I had to call for help getting out of the position I ended up in on that one.
And it looked so graceful when Dr. K did it~ sort of like angel wings going up and down. I flew all right. Dr. K had thoughtfully suggested I just start out gently and slowly, doing only ten of each exercise the first week, later ammended to 5, given my weight and weakness. I managed three of each. Next week, if I learn to stay on the ball, I'll try for five. At least my daughter had a good laugh.