hmmm... delay in answering this thread... The taller the cupboard...the longer the stretch! If your washer is a top loader, it takes extra muscle just to retrieve the laundry after the wash cycle! We take nearly twice as many steps as taller people, so the 10,000 step challenge should be a snap!
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"It is hard to beat the person who never gives up." Babe Ruth
Me: Short side of 4'11", goal of 100 lb.; 24 more pounds of fat to lose; 6 lb. of muscle to gain--that's a nice way of saying I am 30 lb. too heavy--LOL.
Here's the CHALLENGE:
Let's think positively--Shorties must do extra climbing, lifting, fast-pace walking and stretching exercises just to survive in our tall-people world, homes, childcare, housework, jobs, recreation, getting in and out of cars, accelerated walking to keep up with our long-legged friends when shopping etc.
Kitchen Example: We take extra steps to get the step ladder from the closet; we lift it to carry it and position it in front of our cupboards; we climb up the steps; we still have to stretch even higher to get that item on the top shelf; then testing our balance skills, we climb down the step ladder with our object in one hand; we lift and walk just to put the ladder away; we walk back to the counter to complete the task at hand. We have to raise our arms higher to work on the too-high-for-us counter; we have to reach and stretch just to clean the nearly-unreachable corner of the counter behind the microwave; we have to do calf raises all day long to reach stuff; moving a heavy, full 12-quart cooker off the stove is more exercise for our back and arms than a tall person because we lose the easy leverage they have with counters-sized-for-them; reaching that item on the very back of the top shelf in the refrigerator uses calf, back, bicep and tricep muscles to a greater degree than a tall person; and man—kneading bread on a too-tall counter is a real workout!!
Everything we do in our kitchen alone is using a few more muscles, a little more time, a few more steps, a little more balance, and a lot more endurance and patience-building skills than our taller sisters!!
It's like we have a built-in exercise program because we are short! Cool, huh?
Who can think of more exercises we do daily just to survive in our tall-people world, homes, childcare, housework, recreation, jobs etc.
Let’s make this a positive thread and realize that our small height can be an asset. Let’s turn our sometimes-perceived ‘liability’ into an ‘asset.’
Let’s look at our unique challenges as a gift for getting healthy and strong.
Corny yeah, but let’s try to think of all the ways we get more exercise and learn patience than folks who are taller. OK??
We are special because of what’s inside of us—but we are also unique from the outside, too. That means we are twice as special as some women. Yea Shorties!!! We Rock!!
Praise ourselves for making our best effort; encourage ourselves when our best effort seems too small; forgive ourselves when we fail to make any effort at all.
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