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tip toes and puppet strings

Sunday, June 13, 2021

One mile at a time.
Yesterday, I tried OWJ's knees-on-puppet strings advice to travel a mile. My hip was like:

Trying to go slowly is a challenge. My gait is definitely different, and it doesn't aggravate the discomfort or pain like the Memorial Day weekend walk created. I think I've been swinging my leg around like I shouldn't, and I know the sole has scraped the pavement.
Gotta pick up those feet!

Today I did another mile, minding the puppet strings, the ponytail was not to swing (another OWJ gem, thank you!), and squeezing the scapula and 'tucking' their bottom corners metaphorically into my back pockets to promote proper head position.
Boy, was I tired at the end of that!
I started on the checkbook work, and the timer went off.
My hip begged, "Can't we just rest for a while?" - in a good way, with better muscles getting stronger. Sadly I had to tell it no. We need to do chores on the weekend because we work during the week.
The dryer wasn't quite done, so I hopped on the exercise bike for a few minutes to wait. I pedalled with my tip toes, since that helps me sit up straight - better for my back, in my estimation. Plus, I figured if puppet-string knees were good for walking, they were probably likewise good for cycling ... so I tried to keep a more straight-on leg to pedal. I think I've been getting sloppy with my form!

My banner says any exercise is good exercise, but without proper form, we can injure ourselves. Today I am grateful for the hip pain that's helping me get my form into proper order!
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