I am adding in the bit about exercise as I thought the knitting on its own might be rather boring.
Recently I’ve had hand pain, side pain and shoulder pain. All caused or aggravated, I fear, by the Tunisian crochet. So I will get back to it one day but will try to not do too much at a time. Hence to a certain extent why I am knitting at present.
The shoulder pain has been worsening for some time now and just got bad enough to make me feel I should do something about it but not bad enough to see a doctor as I can still do everything I want.
Having realised that you could pay for physiotherapy privately and, given that not only am I making some extra money by selling my patterns but spending less due to life restrictions during Covid, getting some professional advice about the cause and cure of my shoulder issues seemed a good idea.
Well of course, as I expected, I now have exercises to do.
What I hadn’t expected was that exercises needed equipment.
The dumbbell is mine and looked to be exactly the same as the one the physio produced. The yellow stretchy band I was given.
Unfortunately when you have arthritis in your wrists suddenly doing exercises where you need to use your hands can be problematic and having seen the physio on Wednesday and started the exercises that evening, I had to give myself Friday off to let my hands recover. I think, though, that I have worked out how to minimise hand issues in future.
The above isn’t exactly what I wanted to say about exercise though.
I have three exercises that I have to do twice a day at least six days a week. I have worked out how to space them out and do them at times that I can hopefully keep up but altogether they take about thirty minutes which is quite a lot when some days I don’t feel energetic enough to do the housework.
This made me think about my attitude to exercise for health.
For the last ten years or so I have been doing Yoga style exercises on the Nintendo Wii with Wii-Fit. Ideally three times a week for about twenty to twenty five minutes but give me a Chronic Fatigue relapse and I might not do any for a few weeks. Even without a relapse anything and everything can get in the way.
For July and August Garmin, who made the fitness device that I wear, offered me Brownie points for doing five hours of Yoga during the month. Never one to avoid a challenge, with the help of a little extra Yoga on YouTube, I managed to keep up my exercises all month and complete the five hours both months.
Having done this I realised two things.
One: that doing yoga made me feel energised and Two: that doing exercise because it is for my well being seems terribly self-indulgent and that is part of the reason I find it so easy to drop it for something else, even just resting!
How do you relate to exercise? Waste of time? Boring but necessary? Enjoyable? ——————–?
So now for the knitting.
At first I just did a bit more of my second sock.
But when my hands felt a bit better I started the rib for a hat.
Lovely soft wool. Rowan Brushed Fleece – colour: Tarn. 65% Merino Wool, 30% Alpaca, 5% Nylon / Polyamide. Chunky: so wouldn’t take very long at all except that I am taking it very gently.