Happy New Year’s Eve Battle Hipers!
I’m excited to announce that I’m finally leaving Injury Time-Out and re-entering my OC2 Challenge tomorrow, just in time to share the gym with all the other a-holes that will make a New Year’s resolution to go the gym more often, likely while they are in agony from their hangovers tomorrow.
But really, I am truly excited.
Mostly because I’m done taking this picture, which was snapped at the Market Basket in Chelsea today in balmy 9⁰ F weather. The only thing more bizarre than seeing a 36-year-old woman in a t-shirt on a kiddie coin ride outside of a grocery store on one of the coldest days of the year is seeing a 36-year-old woman in a t-shirt and authentic Ultrasuede chaps with fringe on a kiddie coin ride outside of a grocery store on one of the coldest days of the year.
Hoax, you say? Well, the joke is on you, sir. You see, I’m a former “western pleasure show rider” – not to mention Jr. Princess of the Washington County Sheriff’s Posse – and I do, in fact, own authentic Ultrasuede chaps with fringe (as well as a belt buckle, spurs, cowboy boots and hat). Somehow, they still fit.
Which is something to reflect on, in addition to all of the things I’m thankful for from 2017.
At the top of that list is the wonderful physical therapy and care I’ve received from Boston Physical Therapy and Wellness. They most certainly deserve a full, dedicated blog post, and not only because my primary physical therapist, Shawn, was complaining about not getting enough coverage (even though I’m not sure he’s even located the Battle Hip URL yet), but because I can now constantly remind them that they had to share a blog post that featured my ass-less chaps.
That my mom made.
So, Battle Hipers, allow me to share some of the 2017 wisdom I have learned from the awesome crew at BPT&W:
- Be a Head-Turner. This is a Shawn special – and no ladies, you don’t need to wear any fancy clothing for this one. Just add left-to-right or right-to-left head turns to your balance exercises and watch the magic work. It’s harder than it sounds, trust me. Try a few after champagne tonight (or DON’T, that’s definitely not legally advised).
- Wear Awesome Socks. Here are some of Zak’s favorites (remember, laughter is the best medicine, right after morphine).
- Bridges are Your Best Friend. Unfortunately, this is the top video for “core bridge exercise,” which features a man whose narrative skills could make the world’s largest fire work exhibition sound like a trip to the library. But don’t be fooled…in a study of 11 trunk stabilization exercises, the greatest activation of the muscles was observed in the group that performed the side bridge exercise. Translation – do you have back pain?? Do bridge exercises. Boom.
- Grab Your Ankles and… do physical therapy exercises. What did you think I was going to say?? Seriously, get yourself together, you perv. Danielle helped me understand how much ankle inflexibility impacted the rest of my body. Check out this great article for foot and ankle exercises recommended by Runner’s World. Or go see Danielle – she rocks.
- Always be Challengin’. Some days it might be a half-marathon, like Steph the warrior, who slayed the Cambridge Half Marathon in crappy weather this year. Other days, it might just be having the ability to tie your shoes without help (don’t take this for granted, peoples, my hubbie has done this for me more times than he can remember this year). No matter what, push yourself to new levels EVERY DAY. And no, power hours don’t count.
And with that, I’m out. Thanks again to BPT&W for helping me get back in the game. You change many peoples’ lives for the better, and I’m truly blessed to be one of them! All the love.
To everyone – enjoy the last few, frigid hours of 2017!
I sure will.