Hip Update

I’m almost 8 months post hip replacement.  I am relieved and grateful at my progress.  I have been able to do everything I wanted to do (bicycling, yoga, pilates, squats and lunges), except to run.  As a matter of fact, I do run a little bit.  Every so often during my daily walks I will break into an easy trot, maybe for a quarter of a mile.  It feels pretty good. No pain, just a little tweaked in my gait*.  What I do like is that when I stop running and start walking again I feel very loosened up and my walking feels effortless.  My surgeon has said that I am not to run, and I intend to basically stick by that.   I do think a little bit of running is a great enhancement to walking, helps to elevate my heart rate, and just feels great.  What do you think?

*My gait is still a little off.  I feel I am still not smooth on my right side.  I think this is something that I want to change, and know that with the right elements, I can re-program my brain and body to find a balance.  I discovered an amazing new type of work called “Anatomy in Motion”, or AIM.  The guy who does this work is called Gary Ward, and he basically loves feet.  He believes the feet are the secret to eliminating pain and imbalance throughout the body.  He will be here in San Francisco at the end of March.   Here is his link if you are interested in more information: http://www.anatomyinmotion.co.uk/

Rebuilding the injured body

“Constant feedback and careful progressions are essential
for helping one client improve functional mobility.” Idea Fitness
Journal, December, 2010. I liked this article because it addresses the re-building of injured muscle. Throughout our life, muscle and connective tissue can get injured due to trauma, or to improper mechanics.  The rebuilding process may be slow, and there may be a instances where we revisiting pain, but hopefully over time the muscle(s) can be retrained.  Once we focus on increasing joint mobility and in making the body move freer and with less effort, the lesser the chance that we are going to injure the body.

Holiday People Connections

During the holiday season, Many of us will be visiting, or
having visitors over. This time of year can be very charged,
emotion wise. You might want to pay special attention to your
connections with people. When greeting loved ones and friends, take a
little time to think about what is happening in this interaction.
You have the opportunity to look at someone in the eyes, and see
into their soul. You can take in their scent. When you touch, you
can feel their warmth, their life-force, the softness of their skin
and the hardness of their bones. In the hub-bub of the day, it is
nice to slow down and take in the moment, and notice the miracle that is every
one of us, and the gift of life that is so precious.

Consciously Relating to Your Body

“You can’t expect your body to serve you if you give it nothing to work with. The body of a middle-aged executive isn’t out to sabotage him when the man decides to shovel a foot of snow from his driveway. But if he has ignored his heart for years, there is danger in sudden hard exertion, perhaps fatal danger. The key to the body’s reliability lies in cooperation: only ask for as much as you have given. Compared with other intimate relationships, your body asks for a fraction of what it is willing to give in return. This is another area where it helps to personify your body instead of objectifying it. Think of your body as a willing worker who wants only a meager salary, but who cannot survive on nothing. The salary it asks for is paid in personal attention. If you genuinely want to cooperate with your body, paying it a little attention makes proper diet, exercise, and rest easy – you will be providing those things because you want your willing worker to be happily employed.”