Yesterday I fell. Several times. I am unsteady on my skates and I keep falling as a result.
There’s a commercial on TV – its for a pain reliever and talks about how your muscles support you but only if they don’t hurt you. The commercial usually catches my eye because its a man and a woman doing isometric exercises – he’s holding her up with his hands while she does handstands on him. Strong people.
I am unsteady on my skates for a few reasons:
1. My core muscles are jello. Put them into proper derby stance and they lock up and hurt.
2. My centre of balance is off. Because those core muscles are jello, my belly throws my centre of balance off.
3. I keep effin falling. Yeah, now not only am I in less than optimum fitness, I am scared because falling HURTS.
Clearly, in order to increase the likelihood that I will GET steady on my skates, I’m going to have to put some serious work in.
I’m starting C25K on Monday with a running buddy. That will help with the endurance.
Practice 2X per week will help with my skating skills.
And my core. My morning workouts will be dedicated to my core.
Let the research begin.
In all the websites, the magazines, the books I’ve read, I’ve seen these 5 exercises overlap as “best for core” exercises:
1. The plank and variations (side plank, reverse plank, pushups)
2. Hip lift. (we do this at derby practice)
3. Lunges (with a twist)
4. Crunches and variations
With my morning workout focussed on my core, I can then use the evening runs & derby practice to focus on endurance.
Apparently whacking my head again knocked some sense into me…