Published on March 16th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
The best laid schemes o’ mice and men…..
“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft a-gley”
aka “shit happens!” And over time I’ve learned to go with the flow more and not let setbacks derail me…..
My Poka Yoke “foolproof” system wasn’t quite as foolproof as I’d planned so carefully!
Nor my Kaizen plan of gradual incremental improvement
I hadn’t factored in that my joints might not be impressed with regular, gradually increasing rebounding. I’d figured that as the surface was soft the impact on my joints would be diminished by the bounce. And I was right – at least for the first week where I was doing 3 minutes of the “health bounce” three times a day (where your heels never leave the mat). Easy-peasy and fun to do, especially to music.
Then after week 1, I introduced an extra minute for each of the 3 sessions. And very soon after got a stabbing pain in my right hip, which then kept recurring. After a day or so, I made the mental link between the two, have given myself a few days off rebounding and will start again asap going back to three minutes, and play it by ear thereafter. Perhaps I need to be a few pounds lighter before I can bounce on my ankles, knees and hips – even on the soft surface of a rebounder mat.
But it didn’t affect my (almost) daily Nordic Walking, which has increased just a little each week – not too much, which just might put me off completely. Just a bitesize amount! It’s helped that Spring has Sprung and the sun and the first of the spring flowers have come out – celandine and coltsfoot. And today – a buzzard soaring and a bumble bee buzzing and even a butterfly butterflying about! Virtually free exercise (just the initial outlay for the poles), no special clothes or footwear, no transport costs or time spent getting to a venue…
Fresh air and stunning scenery make it like a moving meditation! Far better than a treadmill indoors – although I must say that indoor exercise certainly has it’s place when it’s freezing cold and wet and windy in the great outdoors!