Each day, my activity level increases a little bit. It was good to take a couple of lazy days. I spent some time on my slow-stitching in the morning, and stitched what I could of the first pitcher. It's nice using some different colors again.
May 1st was the day I set for myself to get some kind of exercise into my routine once again. Ever since breaking my shoulder in December of 2020, I've been pretty sedentary. For a while it was okay to blame my broken shoulder, but those days have passed. The shoulder is about 80% at this point, and surely I can do something, right? Okay, so I spent some time thinking about what I could do that I would actually stick with, and I decided I could tolerate doing 20 minutes on our treadmill, in addition to a strength-training program that starts up today. I read about this "challenge" online, and you can read more about it right here.
In a nutshell, there's an exercise working a different muscle group each day using resistance bands. There is a new exercise every day for five days, and then there are two days off. And, hey...I just happen to have two resistance bands left over from physical therapy. So, I figure this is something I can stick with too. It doesn't require that I leave the house, and it should only take about a half hour each day. I can probably live with that. Since the resistance band portion hadn't started yesterday, I did a plank for 30 seconds. I'll increase my time as I'm able, working up to a goal of holding it for 2 minutes. It'll be good for my abs and lower back. If you're unfamiliar with the plank, here's an image I found online:
So anyway...I did that. Yay me. And, hold your applause, please. I did some housework too. I know! Crazy! But let's talk about something else, okay? It's okay to do exercise and housework, but we shouldn't dwell on it. Wouldn't you agree?
While I was walking on the treadmill, I was looking out into the yard, which made me want to get out and walk around a little bit while it wasn't raining. Fortunately, I had my trusty guard cat along with me to purrtect me from any lions and tigers we might encounter.