“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Words of Inspiration
down and take stock of where you are and where
you are going. Are you still heading in the
right direction, achieving your goals or do you
need to adjust your course? Are you getting what
you want or is what you want still just out of
reach? Are you enjoying the journey so far, or
do you feel discouraged and upset about what is
Use a few seconds as an opportunity to pause and
to celebrate every aspect of your life. To
receive everything that Life hands you—the
bitter and the sweet, and then to give thanks
for it all. To look disappointment in the eye
and smile anyway. And to ponder—What else is
possible for me?
Congratulate yourself on where you have reached
on your journey so far, and celebrate your
achievements. Grant yourself the time to take a
fresh look at where you are and where you want
to be. It's time to re-envision, re-think,
review and re-group your internal energies.
Question & Answer
I've been working out regularly since the beginning of the year, first with Yoga
Booty Ballet videos, the last few months with EA Active Sports for the Wii. Both
programs use a lot of squats and various forms of lunges; EA Sports also uses
kick-ups which I am now skipping because they are too painful to do. None of
these exercises were painful when I started working out (other than the usual
muscle soreness from actually using muscles that haven't had a real workout in a
long time). The last 3 weeks or so I have been having increasing pain in my
knees, most in the top of my knee. It was suggested to me that possibly I
haven't been working the different groups of muscles in proportion (i.e.
strengthening the front of my legs more than the lateral muscles attached to my
knees). I'm just wondering if you have some suggestions to overcome pain. Thanks
Pain is a signal you shouldn't ignore.
First: Stop doing the exercises that cause pain.
Today. Perhaps it's time to change your workout
routine to incorporate more stretching and
strength-building exercises. Lunges and squats
give you good cardio, but you can get your heart
rate up just as effectively by doing household
chores. Whatever your fitness goals are, they
don't require squats to get there. Stop doing
them and give your knees a chance to heal. Maybe
you could use add more variety to your workouts
by taking up swimming? That's easy on the knees,
and will definitely give you a workout. And if
your knees don't start to feel better after a
few weeks, then see your doctor.
You can follow these 10 knee strengthening
It is better to do these exercises under the
supervision and guidance of a qualified
physiotherapist at least initially because
faulty exercises may cause further damage to the
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