I only had about 20 minutes until I had to be back home. Jason had to get to work, and he was babysitting Baby K. So, I started right away with a brisk walk. I walked until I felt my muscles loosening up.
How can I tell this is happening? Well, the walking doesn't hurt my right hip anymore. I had surgery 10 years ago on my hip, and the muscles still clench up in muscle memory when I begin exercise. I had a stress fracture, and it was painful to walk and run. So, as soon as that clenching pain subsides, I know that my muscles are warming up. Some days are different than others in how long it takes to warm up. It is really important to learn how to listen to your body. Maybe a future post? Are you interested in such a topic? Comment and let me know.
Once my muscles were loose, I began an easy jog. Only a few minutes into it, my knee began shooting with pain. So, I stopped. My initial thought was to keep going and push through the pain. Well, a little thought reminded me that that thought was what got me in this position with an injured knee in the first place. So I slowed to a very brisk walk.
Anyway, toward the end of the mile that I walked, I decided that I wanted to try running again. First I started out doing a brisk high knees walk. That is a good way to loosen up your leg muscles further. Then I did a light footed, small step jog. It wasn't fast, but it was enough to get my heart-rate going, and it didn't hurt my knee one bit!
There are many exercises for you to do at your own level. Just start somewhere. One last tip before I go. I watched an episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight loss Edition. The trainer was working with a woman who was over 400 lbs. The first exercise he had her do was kneel down, then get back up, and repeat. She did it so many times that she was sweating, and she could hardly do anymore! There are many body weight exercises like this that can get you started. Just get out of your own head, and push yourself! (That is really for me) :)
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