When most of the muscles on one side of your body are partially paralyzed, what had you better do? If you don’t want to be a total invalid before your time, you better make sure your remaining muscles are working at their peak performance level.
Which is why my personal trainer, at 24 hour fitness, and I met bi weekly. Although I don’t seem like a dangerous adversary, mainly because I’m more of a lover than a fighter, give me a weight rack, a wall mirror and a dumb bell and I might surprise you.
I did other nautilus exercises, on my own, including extensive walking, (i.e. hobbling) but the trainer and I focused on three exercises. Dead lift, one arm press and curls. I also swung the hammer. I loved this, but was too afraid of hitting the knee cap on my partially paralyzed left leg, to continue after the first or second time. The exciting part is that the three exercises we did do worked amazingly well.
I could see and feel the difference the training was making. I was so pleased that when my right knee, which is the one doing most of the work in the dead lift, started to bother me, I ignored the pain and pushed right through it.
Bad idea! Know your limits! We all have them.
Our Attitudes may be our most powerful possession, but our physical health is too valuable to ignore. When we use our Attitudes to disregard warning signs, like pain, we’re asking for trouble. Finally the pain got so bad I could no longer ignore it. I had to stop doing any exercises involving my lower extremities. Climbing stairs was still doable but I could only descend stairs by hopping down them. I used my injured right leg for this because I could hop down one stair at a time without bending my knee to the point where it began to hurt.
I kept thinking I could manage with the injured leg by not exercising it and by hopping down stairs like a human Pogo stick until it healed, which I expected it to do on it’s own. Finally, several months ago, after nearly two years, I decided to go in for therapy. It’s astonishing how quickly the trained professionals at Apple Physical Therapy diagnosed my problem and set me on a plan to restore me to fighting condition.
I’ve since changed exercise clubs to the YMCA. And Monday morning or afternoon, depending how productive my morning humor writing is, I will head to the Y and restart exercising with a passion.
Mentioning my humor writing time reminds me that my speaking career began in comedy clubs, and I currently benefit myself, my own sanity and my keynote audiences with tasteful humor. The reason I bring this up is because in order to only use tried and truly humorous humor on paying audiences, I occasionally perform at a local open mic, which I just returned from.
(I’m just keepin’ it real.)
The reason I clarified that I do open mics is because earlier I mentioned the time I go to the Y depending on how productive … I’m sorry, sometimes I can be unnecessarily verbose while simultaneously being painfully detail oriented.
I think I’ve said enough, for now…