C'mon Body...Cooperate!



 



I tried a new Zumba instructor last night. It was hard to follow her.....lots of hip hop/rap and pop songs with hard-to-follow rhythms. I'm used to the latin/salsa beats and can usually work up a good sweat for the whole hour.
Stiff and sore today....bad knee even when I wear a brace. My sister was there too; reminding me maybe I shouldn't keep lifting my arms above my head.....increased heart rate not good for older women yada yada yada.
I always put my arms into it.....feels good for my left shoulder especially with it's arthritic, limited range of motion.







Try to work out/dance and do weights every other day. And remember I roller skated on my birthday; won a 5K medal for finishing first in my age group.....the only entrant!
I park far away in parking lots so I HAVE to walk further! I open the house each morning with yoga stretches and bends and sun salutes.
I want to keep doing more and more; yet this darn knee is bugging me; and lately I've had to wear my glasses to class to follow the new moves. Glasses are sure annoying when you're sweating! I'm standing as I type at my desk.....don't want to get 'sitting disease!' But, yes.....I do sit too long at times. So balancing it each day with a walk or class or......as soon as this pollen heads out....my yard and garden work! That's another love for me.....lots of bending, lifting, hauling, raking! Such a great feeling when I work my butt off anywhere!!!

I'm going to keep up this standing while I work! I've discovered using my laptop on the kitchen island is the perfect height for doing leg lifts and swings, squats, and with the right music....good ol' shaking and wiggling my booty...as the Littles call it!

I'm weepy and wondering why I'm tired, stiff, no oomph this Monday morning?!? Don't want to give in to discomfort, difficulty, denial!!! I want to always keep my vim and vigor, zest and eagerness to try new things.

When the big girls come this summer, we may try zip lining, tree climbing and rope bridges; I only ever take them places where I WILL DO whatever they do!!!
With the three young grandkids that live nearby, I going to become better prepared. Filling up my car with the hula hoop, jump rope, frisbee and  the soccer ball for our visits to parks and playgrounds will mean I'll have to participate too! NOT going to sit on the bench and watch just because they don't need their swings pushed anymore. Kicking and dashing for the soccer ball and jumping rope I can do......and it sounds waaaaay more exciting than when they say "chase me, Grandma!"

If I take care of my knee, I can ride my bike more often. I have an old cruiser (two actually...keep one at the beach community in CA where the older kids live.) My excuse here at home?  We live in a cul de sac, and it's difficult to reach the end of the street as it continuously rises to the stop sign! BUT....if I make it, oh the possibilities!





 
So.....strengthening my quads'll be nice,
In the meantime, heat and ice!
Proper shoe support will highly rate,
My knees will definitely appreciate!


Want to keep stretching and reaching for more,
One more paddleboard along the shore!
Going to cross every finish line...
Can't stop ME number sixty-nine!



 
This post has been linked to the Grand Social at www.grandmasbriefs.com and has been featured on www.generationfabulous.com; The Voices of Midlife
 

21 comments:

  1. I love that you're so active and that you want to be! Acting childlike and skating and playing tag do lots for keeping us in shape. While I would do most of the things you've suggested I probably won't ever do zip lining -- I worry to much that the person that did the rigging wasn't paying enough attention!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yikes,you're right. It's a big responsibility too....even with their parents permission, I'll be nervous!
      I do want to keep going, keep doing! Thanks for understanding!

      Delete
  2. My neighbor and I tried Zumba. It was fun, but my knees hurt too bad afterward. I have resorted to walking and bicycling. I am resolved to find and try a yoga class this summer. Last time I tried roller skating, I fell, and my pants were so tight I couldn't get up. It was embarrassing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds funny now, Vicki....but OMG how awful! I know what you mean..knock on wood I haven'f fallen yet! My instructors tell me I need to strengthen my quads on the machines to strengthen my knee.....going to try that before giving up! I love riding my bike too! Thanks for reading me! Going to check out your site!
      Joan/gramcracker

      Delete
  3. That is my dream! I find Zumba just a little hard to follow. I am just so uncoordinated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you'll keep pursuing it......it's hard at first, but you'll catch on! I just kept going back and now feel knowledgeable....but not always coordinated with hands and feet! LOL
      Thanks for stopping by; your site offers so many interesting posts and recipes.....love it! Heading to twin cities next month for business mtg with my husband!
      Joan/Gramcracker

      Delete
  4. Oh how fun! I love to meet other grandparents who enjoy staying active as delightfully as you describe! ME TOO! Roller skating twice this month, ball tag and dodge ball regularly, and I've added the badminton and tennis equipment to the trunk of my car to start using with the grandkids, just as soon as the weather starts cooperating better! :) Have a lovely and active week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the word "delightfully" Kaye! I don't always feel like that after I'm underway or recovering! LOL Great idea to keep badminton, jump ropes,balls and goal net in back of my car.....things we'd love to have at park or playground but not always prepared.
      Best wishes for your fun and delight this week too!
      Joan

      Delete
  5. Yaayyy! I went ice skating this past winter when my grandson was visiting. He lapped me around the rink, which he loved, but I was glad to be out there, remembering my Iowa childhood. Go for it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like a fun time for you both! Your Iowa childhood was probably like mine in Michigan..OUTDOOR skating in zero temps and loving it! My Dad would freeze our backyard; or neighbors would freeze a section of the local school playground.
      Our grkids learn in indoor rinks.....but it's a lifetime skill nonetheless!
      Joan

      Delete
  6. Amara and I were riding our bikes together today! We would have made you proud! Oh and did I mention it was a gorgeous 78 here today????

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can just picture you in sunny SoCal! I bet she is capable of keeping up with you now! I like that my CA grandgirls go first and fast and thus motivating me! Riding a bike is another lifetime skill that is just as much fun in old age! LOL
      Joan

      Delete
  7. The key is to keep on movin'! Go, You!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I hurt just READING this lol! :) You Go Girl! :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for the push/support, you two!
    Of course you're both right...just keep going! It won't hurt if I don't say ouch!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Just followed your post from Generation Fabulous. I'm going to feel guilty all day...lol...but you go, Gma!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay....gen Fab is wonderful! Thanks for the support.
      Joan

      Delete
  11. Our age group is the first to workout post high school and the largest demographic for knee joint issues. Darn it anyway! Like you, I want to stay active, keep teaching Step, taking my power walks, and icing my knee. I know pool classes lie in my future, but I want to stick with land fun as long as possible. By the way, focus not just on the quad strength, but also on the hip and pelvis flexibility to stabilize the knee. Happy chasing grandkids!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, kymberly!
      I pass by the water classes each day and know they will be next....someday! Thanksfor tips about hip and pelvis flexibility......will be sure to ask trainer about this. Appreciate you reading and responding.
      Joan

      Delete
  12. You are really inspiring me today, Joan!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you! Checked out yourblog....love your sense of humor! Fun girl you are!

    ReplyDelete