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Stretching discovery

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!
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    Good for you! Take it slow and you'll avoid future injuries!
    1794 days ago
    I'm glad you turned your realization into a positive take-away!

    Just remember - our bodies continually change and, since 14 was 11 years ago, don't push too hard, too fast and injure yourself!

    1801 days ago
    Good job figuring all of this out!
    1801 days ago
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