An Odd But Wonderful
so there was a time when I was totally unreasonable about my addiction
to fitness. I ran through way too hot or way too cold weather.
I ran through injuries, ignoring the very distinct warnings my
poor, painful body sent me. I finally had to quit running altogether
and find a different way to stay fit without ending up hobbling
like a much older version of me.
when I met Ernie, my black-belt-physical therapist. I was drawn
to his program because he was known to be just as adamant about
his workouts as I was. I knew he wouldnt make me quit altogether
and wait until I was totally pain free to resume my workouts.
Since his philosophy was to keep his clients moving in ways that
would encourage healing but not re-injure them, I joined up.
borrowed from his extensive martial arts experience to help his
clients stretch, strengthen, and improve stamina. The exercises
for this month are my favorites from his program. They look kind
of crazy in the doing. When I first tried them, I felt almost
like a little kid, romping on the playground. Theres also
a slight chance that someone may chase you with a butterfly net
and haul you off in a straight jacket if you choose a really public
place to try these movements. I use a quiet street, parking lot,
back yard, or even a long hallway to do this workout. Although
you can do these movements in a small space, (good for travel,)
I prefer to really stretch out and move with them.
can use these movements to warm up for cardio or other types of
exercise, or you can keep it going for a longer period and get
a good cardio workout instead. The main focus, however you choose
to incorporate these moves into your fitness routine, is to remember
to keep your core muscles working. Tuck abdominals, keep your
spine straight, and lift your rib cage off your waistline to form
a strong, supportive base for the leg movements. Pump your arms
for extra benefits to your upper body.
Hurdle Walking to the Front
tall, and reach out your right leg as if you were going
to step over a small fence. Take the step and follow up
with the other leg in the same motion. Move in a fluid manner
from one step to another. These are slow-motion, exaggerated
movements that can be taken to a more brisk pace
when youve perfected the basic moves.
Hurdle Walking Sideways
tall. Step your right leg to the side, as if you were going
to step sideways over that same small fence. Repeat the
movement to the same direction with the same leg, moving
along in a fluid way. Pick up the pace as you get adjusted
to the basics but keep it smooth. Do the same thing in the
opposite direction, leading with the left leg.
Hurdle Walking Backwards
tall. Step behind yourself with your right leg, as if you
were stepping over the fence. Step the same way with your
left leg. Repeat the motions, moving backwards in a fluid
and interchange all three hurdle walks and vary the pace to keep
your workout going and to alleviate monotony