Monday, June 14, 2010
It was raining when I got up this morning. Pouring actually. No walking outside today. It would have been a hurried walk anyway. I had a dentist appointment scheduled....3 fillings had to be replace. Was not looking forward to the dreaded sound of the drill hitting my teeth.
I have a habit when I'm in the dentist chair. I clench my hands together. It's not even when I'm necessarily uncomfortable or in pain....I just automatically clench, as if expecting pain at any moment. I'm not noticeably nervous, the dental assistant would never guess that I was cutting off the blood from my fingers.
While laying there today, my face and tongue fully numbed from the 3 shots already injected, I realized my clenching. I realized that it was not just my hands clenched. It was also my legs and glutes. I purposefully, consciously relaxed all of my muscles.
Then it hit me!
Isometrics! You know, the kind of resistance exercise that you do with your own body, flexing and holding, pushing against an invisible weight. Why should I relax? I had the perfect opportunity to give my glutes a great workout (and the dentist would never know!!!).
For the next 45 minutes, I didn't clench my hands. I didn't focus on the sound of the drill. I clenched, flexed, held my glutes. Counted to 50, relaxed. Clenched again, squeezed harder. Counted to 50 again. Relaxed. I can't tell you how much easier the appointment was!
I CAN tell you that I got a good workout for the booty by sitting in the dentist's chair!!!