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In Other News, Pushups Hurt

As you may know, preparatory to moving, I sold my beloved-but-old Bowflex to kamau_d_lyon, since I've been planning to upgrade it for some time and hadn't used it that much over the course of 2006 anyway, mostly because the year was already packed to the gills with STUFF and I spent most of my time at home trying to catch my breath.

However, I have also been aware for some time of the atrophying of my lower back muscles -- the ones that were blasted by the courier job and laid me out before Dragon*Con in agony, twice? The only thing that's kept me up and walking since those unfortunate incidents was all the weight lifting, and every week I don't do it, adds 1% to the likelihood that my back will use it as an excuse to kill me again.

My back is now dangerously weak; I can feel it trying to give in everyday life, and I can't afford to wait 'til we're moved and have the new Bowflex, so as of yesterday I'm instituting a daily routine of pushups and crunches as an emergency stopgap. I have tried to do this a couple of times now over the past six months but keep getting knocked off of it by one crisis or another. But if we're going to be moving in less than a month, I need to be up and able to shift stuff! So this needs to be as much a part of my morning routine as eating breakfast or brushing my hair, or come mid-March, I'm going to be writhing on the floor in agony and laurie_robey is going to be stuck doing all the moving again.

I still hate pushups, tho. Gah. I want my new Bowflex!

-The Gneech

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klepsydra
Feb. 11th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
This all sounds horribly familiar... good luck.
athelind
Feb. 11th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Cheap back exercise device:

Get one of those Pilates exercise balls.

Sit on it for several hours a day, instead of your office chair or your video game chair.

After the first couple of days, you don't even notice you're sitting on it instead of a "real" chair -- but you're constantly exercising your lower back and upper thighs as you keep your balance.

It won't REPLACE a full-on exercise routine, but if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, it helps.
the_gneech
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
I have one of those, actually, I may try that. Thanks!

-TG
kamau_d_lyon
Feb. 11th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that. If you wanted to keep yourself on the program perhaps posting here as you did with the Bowflex would help you stick with it.
kylet
Feb. 11th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
But....pushups and crunches don't really work the lower back. They work the abs (which ARE important to avoiding back injury) and it all kind of balances out. But if you really want to BUILD the lower back (and granted, it's possible you *shouldn't* if they're already shredded) you should be doing exercises that involve extending your torso back, esp if face-down. Um, unfortunately I don't know of many that don't involve some weird gym equipment, it's not a typical movement ^ ^;; There's squats and deadlifts, but those are best with some barbells...
the_gneech
Feb. 11th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
My back muscles are so damaged that I don't like to work them in isolation, which is why I am doing the pushups particularly -- it works my whole back, rather than just the spot most likely to fail. When the lower back muscles can't help, the area around it takes up the load, so to speak.

I am doing some squats separately, as well; the pushups and crunches are the core daily part.

My chiropractor recommended crunches, actually, as the single most helpful thing I could do for my particular injury, although he also gave me a routine of stuff to do w/ the pilates ball.

-TG
exatron
Feb. 12th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Go with the ball exercises. They help a lot.
susandeer
Feb. 11th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Pushups suck. I can't do em. Something that might help your back. You'll need laurie_robey's help.

1 - Lie on you back on the floor, hands behind your head.
2 - Raise your legs up, 90 degree angle.
3 - Lythandra stands where your thighs once were and grasps your ankles.
4 - Lythandra FLINGS your ankles (together) in any direction she pleases (not with too much force in the beginning, if your back is weakened).

5 - Don't let your feet touch the ground! Move them back to the upward position ASAP. This is an exercise that works abs, legs, back, and brain. @:)
the_gneech
Feb. 12th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
I used to do those in Kung Fu. Weird little exercise, but yup, it's definitely effective.

-TG
c_eagle
Feb. 12th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
Yipes!.. if you can't bowflex at home.. ebbe git to a gym? *warble*
the_gneech
Feb. 12th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
I think the pushups and crunches will keep me going as a stopgap -- I just need to focus on actually doing them!

-TG
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