Magic!

How does this happen every time? I marvelled as I put away a balance ball and a Pilates mat and reached out for a glass of water on the table.

The customary aches and pain of post-hockey practice, which made me feel like a car wreck victim, vanished from my body like magic and I felt absolutely wonderful.

Before going back to play ice hockey again, I was exercising diligently and believing I was reasonably in a good shape. However, my smugness was slapped down to the ground quite spectacularly after the very first team practice. What had I been doing during those hockey-free months?! All those hours I spent riding an exercise bike and sweating with dumbbells and a balance ball seemed to mean so little, I felt utterly crushed.

It could have been far worse if I went back to the sport cold turkey, I convinced myself while nursing (& cursing!) my very sore and tired upper thighs.

Skating requires a very unique muscle group which is almost impossible to tone up with conventional gym equipments. Obviously, the sojourn from hockey did weaken the strength around my groin area and I was reminded of it.

One thing which really sucks when it comes to one’s ageing is the slowness of recovery process. I am doing everything I can think of in order to recover, yet I seem to be left with aches and fatigues days after the practice. Will my body get used to the new regime eventually?

However, there is a brief moment of comfort in my otherwise ache-ridden days. I feel pain-free and easy right after I have finished my daily exercise routine which consists of a series of dynamic stretching and core-works with a balance ball. While I am sweating and feeling loose, my optimism about the ache-free future returns.

Unfortunately, the aches will return while I am chained to a desk and forced to look at the screen of my iMac. Ugh, I hate feeling like being the tin man in the Wizard of Oz!

I am definitely not a fitness fanatic but I am addicted to the pain-free moment which arrives after the exercise. ‘Take it easy’, Hubbie says as he glances at me slaving on a Pilates mat. Well, it’s easier said than done…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Recovery plan

Thank god, Bella is on the mend. She is already behaving like nothing has ever happened on her elbow. And this is precisely what Alan was cautioning us about when we first met him at the clinic. ‘Puppies are amazing. Once their injuries are fixed with plates and screws, they think “Yipee! I’m ok now!!” And they will start running around and jumping in no time. However, the plates and screws are yet to be fused into the bone, and therefore, we have to supervise their activities vigilantly’.

Bella finds her confinement not very agreeable…

Morning, princess!

No matter how many toys she has in there, it can never compensate for the loss of the freedom she once had…

She will have to be in the pen for the first four weeks…

The sheet given from the clinic when she was discharged spelt out exactly how her exercise should be managed. This week, she can walk on the short lead for 5 minutes up to 4 times a day. Then, the length of the walk will be increased to 10 minutes in the second and third week. During the following week, she can walk up to 15 minutes, and the fifth week, it will be extended to 20 minutes and so on.

I sometime join her in her pen so she doesn’t feel too left out…

It’s a bit of squeeze for me but Bella seems very grateful for company…

Hang in there, Bella…

You are doing the right thing. Stay away from troubles and get well very soon…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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