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Dental Workout!

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

Then it hit me! emoticon 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! emoticon I CAN tell you that I got a good workout for the booty by sitting in the dentist's chair!!! emoticon
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    Good for you! This has been my little secret for some time. I do this in church (from ankles to thighs held tightly together during sermons), in the car on long trips... pretty much anywhere I have to be still. Come to think about it, I should be svelte by now, LOL!

    What I love about it is that it makes me more mindful of my body and how it's all connected. This can't be a bad thing!

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    2839 days ago
    LOL!!! I would love to forward this to your dentist!!!
    Any rainy mornings you want to work out I have a gym in my basement just a couple miles away.
    2872 days ago
    And here I go thinking I was the only one who tend to cut off my blood flow in my fingers unawares at the dentist. emoticon As for the lower body isometrics - that's a great idea. Never thought of that.
    2872 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2010 4:50:33 PM
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