Exercise: Ur doin’ it wrong
8 years ago: Taekwondo. Participate for about 2 years, get up to green belt, then do some high kick that tears my plantar fascia to the point that I think I’ve broken my leg. That’s out.
6 years ago: Start the Cool Running Couch-to-5K running program. At week 2, tear my fascia again. Visits to a podiatrist teaches me that my tendons are too loose — they don’t prevent me from over stretching. So running is out of the picture, forever.
4 years ago: Take yoga at a local studio. Fun. But the monthly fee is a killer. Give it up.
2 years ago: Hike every autumn weekend in the mountains of NH while we’re on sabbatical. Stamina goes up, strength increases, … but then we return to flat, uninspiring Iowa.
1 year ago: Begin a 5-times-a-week home aerobics program. Feel great! Notice shrinkage! But then an excrutiating pain in the muscles of my head (not neck) stops me. Try acupuncture, visit chiropractor, nothing helps. Pain is gone after our 3-week summer travels (during which I did no crunches or other ab work). Makes me think it’s the ab work, so now I fear it.
5 days ago: Receive the hula hoop that I ordered from hoopnotica. First two days, I’m a failure. Third day, I can keep it up for most of 5 minutes! This is great! Fourth day, I noticed bruises (veritable BLACK AND BLUES) on my ribcage and waist.
Sigh. I’m losing confidence.