What’s up with the LEFT side?!?!Workout and Word of the Day: #7

6 months have passed and this is only the 7th strength training workout that I bothered to post.  I guess you could say that my priorities shifted a lot this year.  I have been more focused on school and my main form of exercise has been my 3 dance workshops a week and then whatever walks Ruby and I choose to go on.


I know that my past self would be giving me a hard time for slacking off and not making my health and workouts a priority, but I have recently decided that that approach doesn’t work for me.  So I am seeing it as a temporary shift in priorities and I am forever trying to find the balance.

There is some definite “pep in my step to find that balance” because exactly a week ago I tore my hamstring and did some damage to the ligament.  It made me realize that I was taking my health  and my body for granted and still playing daily demands on it.

I had a 7:45 am physical therapy appointment and the prospects sounded so bleak.  She said that it would be a very slow healing process and could take 6-12 months and even then, I may not recover full mobility.  I shouldn’t stretch of work the muscle to any point of pain.  I guess it does make sense.  My therapist and I began to realize a pattern…  When I was 16 I tore my left rotator cuff.  When I was 19  I got thrown off of a horse and landed on the left side of my neck.  In January I was experiencing sciatica pain in my left hip.  And last week I tore my LEFT hamstring.  So there must be some imbalances on my left side…  Also, whenever my face breaks out with pimples it is usually always on the left side.  Weird, right?!?!

I did go to class and felt that my movement was very limited, but I did what I could.  My teacher who is a professional dancer and a massage therapist said that it is very important to still move around enough so that the scar tissue does not end up limiting my mobility.

I have known this for awhile, but now I REALLY need to take it seriously for REAL now.  I need to create a fitness routine that I can stick with so that I can maintain my body and my quality of life.

I cannot do anything strenuous.  No deep squats, push-ups, or lunges (yet) and definitely no jumping for awhile, but I want to use this as an opportunity to Work What I Got!

I have always talked about how my upper body and core is so weak so here is my chance to strengthen my upper body and core!

Workout of the Day:  Stationary Bike + Upper Body!

  • 20 Bicep Curls
  • 20 Dumbell shoulder presses with rotation
  • 20 shoulder raises
  • 10 dumbell external rotator cuff rotation
  • 10 dumbell internal rotator cuff rotation
  • 20 Tricep press
  • 10 Lateral raises

*Repeat this circuit 2-3 times!!!

Oh yes, and always remember to warm-up before your workout and stretch after the work is done.  I warmed up with 30 minutes on the stationary bike.

Word of the Day:

concentric- adj.

  1. Having a common center as circles or spheres.

Thanks for joining me for today’s workout and word of the day!  I WILL see you tomorrow.  I need to get consistent again.

Love, Joy, and Blessings Always,

❤ Alana Xoxoxo

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