Saturday, March 16, 2013
So, this morning to do my 10 minutes of stretching, I started doing a combination of the warm ups that I remember doing when I took Tap, Jazz, and Ballet...11 years ago. I injured my knee recently just standing up from the bench at the end of our bed (I am mad talented like that). Anyway, I had to be careful with some of the stretches because of that (and my knee is now a little on the tingly side).
One of the things I decided to do was something we always did while doing crunches in jazz. We would hold our legs up at a 90* angle to the floor, ankles crossed, and keep them there for a count of 8 crunches (I just counted 8 seconds), then separate them into splits as far as possible without injury for a count of 8, then come back together for a count of 4, then out for a count of 4, together 2, out 2, together 1, out 1, together 1, out 1 (total of 32 crunches/32 second if only counting).
Even without the crunches, this stretched my legs, and my lower abs were burrrrrning. It put into perspective how out of shape I am. Nothing says flabby like not being able to do an exercise at 25 that you could do without any trouble at 14. Even more than that is that I can remember doing the full crunch routine, just to see if I still could and as a means of exercising with DD4...when she was 2. that was only two years ago, and I was heavier then than I am now. Of course, that was also before DD1 was born, so it may just be that my abs need help regaining even a little bit of muscle tone.
Naturally, what I have learned from this is that I should combine this leg thing with crunches again, and get double the burn and a little more toning. So, instead of being completely demoralized by the fact that I am obviously in the worst shape of my 25 years, I will take this as a clear signal that the leg thing and crunches are exactly what I need to be doing. So, three different types of crunches, here I come!