Flexibility

I’ve been working out since August of this year. I work out every other day (or try to) and I can feel myself slowly getting stronger. It’s a wonderful feeling. I’ve also started to do Zumba at least one day a week. I have found that yeah, I can’t really do Zumba more than once a week. But I will get better. What I discovered today to my dismay, is that I’m not very flexible.

Flexibility: is specific to a particular movement or joints, and the degree of flexibility can vary around the body. That is the Sports Definition of flexibility. I realized today at work that I don’t have much of it. When my log sheet decided to slip out of my hand and slide under the machine I run, I just stood there. My mind kept saying, “You need that paper”. My body, on the other hand, wanted to know how I was going to get it. I needed to get down on the floor, look under the machine and then reach under there and get it.

Well……..I finally maneuvered myself to the floor. And I was able to look under the machine to see where my paper was. It was slightly out of reach. I stretched my arm out and was able to snag it. It that hurt like hell to do that. My next problem was getting off the floor. I was on my knees which is something I avoid like the plague. It’s pretty painful to get up because my knees are not very friendly to me. Lucky for me, there was a table right next to my machine that I could use for leverage. After what seemed like 50 years I was standing straight.

That was a very defining moment for me. I stretch before I do my exercises but apparently, there’s something lacking. A few days ago I had purchased a workout mat and a jump rope. I’ve been seeing all kinds of stretching videos and stuff on Facebook and figured I’d eventually get to it. It looks like I’ll be getting to it sooner than later. Here’s the jump rope I got…….

The mat is just your standard mat that one person can fit on. So it looks like I’ll be using that mat sometime this week. I’ll have to go slowly just like everything else. I can’t just jump in full speed and expect great things. I still have problems getting up off the floor. I’ll find some nice videos on YouTube to help me along.

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