Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Physical therapy and the return of strength training

I saw the physical therapist this morning for my first consultation. I waited for over a month, amidst authorizations and inept office staff, and finally arrived at the beautiful new UCLA rehab suite in Santa Monica. My physical therapist is Anne, and she's pleasant and personable. I tell her about my knee pain and what I have determined as a pulled groin muscle. I also tell her I have not been doing much strength training at all. I know, I know, it's not good.

Anne's diagnosis? Weak muscles, my hips fall down when I run, and my knees buckle inward. This is why strength training is important, folks. So now that I have a doctor's note to strength train, I'll make sure to mark it on my calendar. Proof again that we are our own best diagnosticians.

Some good strength training moves:

Single leg Squats.
Single leg lifts - keep knees straight - use a full-length mirror to check yourself.
Balancing core on one of those balance boards.

Run strong, run happy!

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