Monday, March 12, 2012

Water, A True Healer

   Who knew that water could be the best stretching tool after running?  After all these years, I didn’t even consider this!  It wasn’t until last week that I found out how much of a healer water really is.  (For water stretches like the ones described in this post, please see link below at Livestrong.com). 

      The mild weather outside, the extra pounds I put on over the winter, the advent of spring, a newfound appreciation for good health once again after pneumonia—any and all of these have given me motivation for pushing myself just a little bit more lately.  But pushing oneself physically can have its drawbacks; it can result in injury.   The danger of pain in a joint, leg muscle, or foot is that it can take several days to weeks of staying away from exercises that use those injured areas for it to heal.  In fact, last week, after trying spinning class for the first time, we ambitiously decided to run a mile to stretch out the muscles used in spinning.  It was such nice weather that we just kept running and talking.  We ended up running over three miles after doing spinning!  By nightfall, I knew that was a mistake.  My hip was making walking difficult—not something I can afford with four children running afoot!  I had overdone it. 
           The next day, when the “Tri-It Girls” started making plans for the day, my hip felt a bit better from rest.  I said I’d meet up and run a little bit, but I’d go slow.  One of the girls mentioned a quick water jogging opportunity afterwards.  We agreed to try it, of course!  However, in the back of my mind, I knew that if anything started to hurt in my hip, I would bail out of it.  I grabbed my bathing suit, met up with the girls, and ran four very slow miles.  As my hip warmed up, it seemed to loosen, but I was worried about what would happen when we stopped running and even later on, when it had cooled down. 
           My hip still warm, I put on a water belt and jumped into the water jogging mini-class, hoping my hip wouldn’t seize up.  We started to do quick movements that mimic jogging up and down the lanes (you can’t use your hands to help, so this is pretty active for your legs), then we started to do large “monster bicycle” movements.  The participant pretends that they are riding a very large wheeled monster bicycle.  Immediately, I felt a great stretch in my hip.  There is no way that I could get that big of a stretch in land-stretching, but in the water, my body was weightless; I could stretch better.  We had to repeat this monster bicycle ride all the way up the lane and back.  After our water workout of 30 minutes, we continued to stretch our weightless legs and arms against the side of the pool in a way that we could not be flexible on dry land.  Our more experienced running friend (who provided this opportunity) explained that very recent research is showing that when people push themselves, have an injury, or even just take a long run, getting into the water and swimming a little bit then stretching for a good long time has shown a tremendous healing effect on the body.  She wanted to try it.  I couldn’t agree more with her research!
           That evening, my hip, though a little tender, was fine.  I could walk.  I could tend to my house, errands, children, all the busy adventures of the day.  Today, three days later, I ran six miles for the first time in months and it felt great.  But tomorrow, I am soooooo going in the water! 
           If you want to try stretching in the water after your workout and see if it has the same benefit for you, I found some great stretches at Livestrong.com: http://www.livestrong.com/article/374571-water-therapy-and-hip-stretches/.  Let me know what you think! 
Water--the amazing healer for your whole body.  Have a great day!

31 comments:

  1. This is very attention-grabbing, You’re an excessively professional blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to in the hunt for extra of your excellent post. Additionally, I have shared your web site in my social networks. Delhi Escorts

    ReplyDelete
  2. I read your blog story & seen was very good skills in your writing skills, I appreciate to your story with my heart thanks for the sharing with us
    New Delhi Escorts
    Gurgaon Escorts
    Escorts in Gurgaon

    ReplyDelete
  3. visit a good blog and full of interesting information that is happiness itself .... keep on sharing information

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nice blog.. I like it.. I'll share your blog with my friends.
    Delhi Escorts Services

    Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi,I am Rohini Dutta want to meeting you and real relationship.plz call:-09167008051
    Delhi Escorts
    Escorts In Delhi
    Independent Escorts In Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  6. Its Nice blog Site. I am impress Sir/Madam
    golden root

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nice post to find an erotic escort service thanks for really nice information about escort
    Mumbai Escorts

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nice post really give a valuable information of escort services.
    Mumbai bollywood Escorts

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like your post its really good and fabulous Escorts services
    Mumbai female escort

    ReplyDelete
  10. I Like your post it really good and hot.Social Escort
    Mumbai Escorts Service

    ReplyDelete
  11. Awesome post by escort services provider really, fabulous services
    Independent Escorts in mumbai

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hottest girl erotic, beautiful and attractive girl for sex in this escort post
    Mumbai escorts in mumbai

    ReplyDelete
  13. I am Askok, I am from Lucknow now a day I am living in Delhi, I came here for visiting the historical places. During my visit I was feelings alone so I hired Independent Delhi Escorts from Delhiescortshub.in, Simone Elite Escort in Delhi was very attractive girl I ever meet. She fulfilled my wishes.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Awesome experience with Kolkata Escorts Girls, that agency provides me world class escort service in Kolkata. I really happy that time when I was with her.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I am Sonu from Bihar, for my higher education I came in Kolkata, always busy in study it make me unhappy and it grow my feelings for fun with beautiful girl. I search on internet about independent Kolkata Escorts Online and hot the reference of independentescortsinkolkata.co.in, independentescortsinkolkata.co.in is the hub where you can select more than 100 girl from all over the world.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am Ravi Chavla, I was in Delhi, and it was my great experience in Delhi When I was spending my day with famous Shilpi Oberoi high profile independent Delhi escorts. She is a perfect lady for person who wants a real independent girl experience in Delhi. She make my wishes complete.

    ReplyDelete
  17. . Hi I am Sonu from Bihar, for party I wanted a fun with high profile girl to make me glad then I deiced to use a sexy girl for fun and I search that type of hot girl so i the use of Google and I find a best site, Anamika for full enjoy for me. She is a best Independent Delhi Escort and I enjoyed with the full enjoyed.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Dear friends,
    This is not something to share but to help all of you to find the best place to satisfy your urge of love, I am here sharing my experience. I had amazing night with Mumbai escorts hired from the Quickescort4u.com This website has numbers of girls’ images with profiles so you can hire anyone of them. I choose the one having most voluptuous figure and a call centre executive by profession. She gave the pleasure of love. What are you waiting for go grab one of the most sensuous girls from there.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am really impressed this article writer such a great writer nice post...
    Delhi Male Escorts
    Noida Male Escorts
    Gurgaon Male Escorts

    ReplyDelete