Work in Progress

How has my training program been going?

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Look familiar?

I”m making progress, moving forward. Maybe not always as fast as I want, maybe back-sliding some or having days where I just don’t want to get out of bed, but if I look back at where I started, I see the path I’ve walked.

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I also get to look around and see where I am in my journey, take time to enjoy the view and breathe…

…while I see what I have yet to achieve.

 

 

Balance Assessment

Balance – this isn’t “work-life” balance, but physical balance.

Remember doing fun balance play as a child such as walking along a curb, a crack in the sidewalk, or even better – a log or board? When is the last time you had fun with a Balance activity?

A Question of Balance:

  • When was the last time you tripped over something? Stubbed your toe on something? Miss-judged a step? — Did you catch yourself?
  • When was the last time you really stretched to reach for something, extending over your “comfortable” center-of-balance?
  • Do you have cats, dogs, children, or any other small and fast-moving objects in your home?

Balance can start to decrease in middle-age, and older adults with reduced balance ability are at greater risk of falling.

More than 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 fall each year in the US.

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Flexibility Assessment

I know that one of my HUGE issues is flexibility, I don’t think I’ve ever really been “flexible”, and until I got educated about physical fitness, didn’t really put much thought into it.

Until I started hurting…

I’m sure that I’m like many of you, I would commonly hear “stretch before you ___” or “make sure you stretch after you ___”,  but for the most part, I would pass because I’m trying to get on with my day.

I WAS SO WRONG!

First: Stiff & Short Muscles and Joints with Restricted Movement DON’T WORK WELL

Tight muscles can cause pain and imbalances in the body. When a muscle isn’t working properly, another muscle make take over it’s function. Chicken or Egg: the muscle in pain may not be the origin of the problem.

Tight muscles can restrict movement, which increase your risk of injury or impact your ability to do daily activities. Problems with shoulder flexibility? How does it feel to reach for items on a high shelf? I can tell that my left ankle issues impacted my ability to step certain ways when I was on my South Dakota hike, stressing my left knee and hip more because they needed to pick up the slack.

Tight muscles can restrict blood flow. Proper blood flow is important for recovery after activity. Or maybe a hint to the answer of: It’s Thursday, why am I still so sore from Mondays workout?

Second: Flexibility Naturally Decreases with Age

Certain parts of my body feel 20 years older than others…I guess it’s celebrating birthdays without me and this is the hangover? Not Fair!

Third: Flexibility does not always equal Stretching

I will do more detailed posts on specific Stretching, Flexibility and Mobility activities, but here are a couple of Flexibility Assessments that I did recently:

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Saturday Walk

A good morning that turned out warm & humid, but still a great walk!

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A few people have expressed interest in joining me on the North Branch Trail walks, so here goes:

You are invited to join me on Saturday, August 19th

We will meet at LaBagh Woods in the parking lot off of N Cicero Ave.

Walk will leave at 10:00 am on Saturday and go South to the Irene C Hernandez Family Picnic Area to pick up the first of the Postcards, then return to LaBagh Woods to pick up the second Postcard. Anyone interested in walking longer can then join me in continuing north for 30-45 minutes or so.

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Please look for the red Mini Cooper in the parking lot.

If you have not had a Nordic Walking session from me, or you need a refresher, please let me know and we can meet at 9:30 to get you up to speed.

Please remember water and appropriate clothing. In case of rain the walk will be rescheduled.

 

Postcards from the Park

In case you haven’t been following the Forest Preserves of Cook County have an event: Postcards from the North Branch Trail

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I’ll be hitting the trail this morning with a friend and a shelter dog from Evanston Animal Shelter (where we volunteer) to get a few miles in.

Edited to add: Smokey!

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Smokey is currently available for adoption from Evanston Animal Shelter

I plan on doing the full 22 miles of the trail from Foster Avenue up to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in the next two months, walking in segments starting from the south end and stopping at each of the 6 postcard stations for photos.

I’m looking for others to join me in my walks. Please message me or comment below if you would like to join me.

For more information on the FPDCC Event: Click Here