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From "no way" to "I can"

Friday, May 05, 2017

I never have been able to do regular pushups. (Or pull ups for that mattter.) I was very athletic growing up and stayed active running, doing aerobics, walking, playing tennis through the years. Yup,even though I got Girl of the Year award in a large HS for PE, I never could do 1 regular pushup. 44 years pass, a major back injury and I feel fortunate many days to just be able to walk and do what I do.

This week I read an article on SparkPeople that got me to thinking- AND acting- on functional exercise and strength training. Yes, 2 years ago my nurse practioner told me to start weight lifting, but I had no clue how to tackle that.With limited income after my injury, a gym and trainer were not options. However in the course of a SP Challenge in the past few days, this very topic came up. I'm SO glad it did, even if my muscles are a bit sore!

We NEED to be strong enough to get ourselves out of a pickle when they arise- no, make that when we fall! (Or any number of other calamities.) Back to the pushups... my upper body needs to be strengthened. Oh, its OK for day to day stuff, as long as nothing unexpected occurs, but it is weak. Guess I first realized that when I had to rely on DH or a friend to start the chain saw each time I used it for months last fall to clear back the manzanita and brush. Even then I knew I should try to figure out how to get stronger but was bamboozled by lack of knowing what to do, where to get help.

Yesterday I started the process of regaining that strength. Today I was able to do 6 modified pushups, and even 4 planks though I was only able to hold them 20 seconds.Its onward and upward from here! I can even do those on vacation- they take no special equipment. I hope to report my success back here in the not too distant future.

What are you being held back by? I bet you (and I) have access to the tools that can make it happen if we search for them.
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  • NELLJONES
    You inspire me! I need to do the same thing.
    1502 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I keep up w/my strength training daily. It helps!
    1502 days ago
  • FBAILEY24X
    Good luck you can do this!
    1502 days ago
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