Wii Fit (and other fitness) Week 6
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Holy Moley, week 6?!?! Sweet!
So, I'm a bit sore today, but I'm still gearing up to do my workout. This week brought new additions to exercises I'm doing for physical therapy. It's funny... working on my knee is turning into working out my thighs, hips, butt, obliques, abs.... okay, okay, I KNOW everything is connected, but it's still surprising to see just how everything really contributes when it comes to the body.
I'm now doing sets of moving stretches - basically your normal stretches for your legs, but you're walking and stretching at the same time. Also doing more extensive quad stretches, 4-directional hip strengthening, and my LEAST favorite... holding side planks. My Wii Fit is AWESOME for these. I just go into the regular plank and do the side planks. It's nice to have an automatic timer (I'm only up to 30 sec) and the Wii trainer tells you when you have 10 seconds left.
Last Saturday I did a lot of strength training on Wii Fit. Did 20 jackknifes... OMG, my abs were sore until Wednesday! lol I also mentioned that my physical trainer advised no jumping for now. I've noticed that taking those exercises out of my EA Sports workout really cuts down on calories burned, but my knees and hips are thanking me nonetheless. Plus, I think I'm making up for those calories with planks!! I must be doing something right, I did my weigh in and took measurements today... in this 6 weeks, I've lost 6.5 pounds and a half inch from just about every part of my body!! WOOOHOOO!!!
One last thing... if anyone is using a trainer at a gym... PLEASE take what they say with a grain of salt. If it hurts, tell them. If they don't listen, do your own homework and if nothing else, TELL YOUR DOCTOR. That whole "no pain, no gain" does not apply to every situation. Soreness in your muscles is one thing. Sharp pain or reoccuring pain is another. I am blown away by what these Physical Therapists know and can do! I even asked them, how is it that trainers can have that job without having the same or similar education. Their simple answer was, they focus on the cosmetic result. If there is anything I've learned from SparkPeople, it's that your outside changes ONLY if your inside does too.