I joined a Zumba class 6 weeks ago. I have been going faithfully on Tuesdays and Thursdays and am now in the sixth week. Today was the first day I didn’t come home limping! Yay! I must be making progress. I have been hobbling around with sore knees and pulled muscles since I started. I probably should have started out with something a little easier instead of jumping right into Zumba after years and years of inactivity, but oh well! Even though it was a shock to my body – it has been fun. Exercising with other people to some pretty great upbeat music gives me the incentive to get out of bed and go to every class and makes the 45 minutes of
torture exercise go by a little faster.
I just wanted to share a great stretching exercise that the Zumba instructor showed me. I told her about my sore knees and she suggested that I do this stretch at least two or three times a day. It has really helped me. I wish I had started doing this years ago because my knees have always been pretty weak – even when I was young, so it is one of the few things that I don’t blame entirely on my old age! Ha!
Anyway, pardon my clumsy instructions as I am in no way an expert and don’t even know what muscle this works on or anything, but here’s what you do:
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you.
Bend the knee of your left leg and bring your leg over your right leg, placing your left foot beside your right knee.
Then sitting straight, hold your left knee with both hands and pull it toward your body and at the same time twist your upper body at the waist facing left. Hold that position for 3 or 4 seconds. Repeat 3 or 4 times.
Then switch to the other knee (twisting your upper body to the right).