Remember when I mentioned that I was having trouble with my calves that was causing pain in my heels?
Or, to put it another way, remember when I was learning the same lesson all over again?
Well, I have (mostly) learned my lesson (for now) about changing anything hat make me dread exercising and I have been working on a variety of stretches to help my calves and, hence, my heels.
But, it turns out that the best (i.e. most helpful) thing is to hold a calf stretch for two minutes on each side a couple of times a day.
I can feel the difference it makes AND it is way better than trying to remember to do multiple exercises multiple times every day.
(You knew this was coming, didn’t you?)
I hate it.
And it hurts.
But, I don’t hate it so much that I won’t do it and it doesn’t hurt so much that I can’t do it but it is so unpleasant that I can’t even distract myself with reading or watching videos.
I just end up watching the timer click along and wishing I could time travel to a not-too-distant future where my stretches were already done.
Meanwhile, though, I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. After all, it has all the hallmarks of something that my brain would shuffle out of my daily schedule – it’s dull, it’s uncomfortable, and the results are definitely not instant.
Yet, I have been pretty consistent. I haven’t missed any days and most days I have done the stretch twice. (Yes, I have also done other stretches too but I haven’t been quite as consistent with those.)
I’m not sure what has made me able to stick with this particular hated exercises but I guess the fact that I can feel a difference – even if it is not instant – keeps me returning to the stretch.
Now, if I could only get to the point where things have improved enough to reduce the pain while I stretch.
At least that way I could concentrate to read or watch a favourite show while doing the exercise.
I’m really bored with watching the timer show – I already know the ending and the plot just drags along.
I’m the founder and Chair of the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl and I’m a former president of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival.
I bake a mean chocolate chip cookie.
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