Monday, April 21, 2008

Exercise, Socialize


I've fallen off on my training a bit, not only because of my bruised femur, but also because I've been having more of a social life lately, which isn't such a bad thing. Work has also been very busy, which again, isn't so bad in the grand scheme of things.

One corollary to having a little more social life is the occasional drink. My impression is that some people, in intense training, don't drink. One very quick Google of alcohol and exercise yields this quote: Consuming alcohol the night before an activity can hinder your performance by causing dehydration and loss of minerals and electrolytes. I think even one drink affects my athletic performance the next day. And yet a glass of red wine a day is supposed to be good for the heart. I guess, for those of us able to use moderation, it comes down to how intensely are you training. If it's intense, I probably won't drink at all.

Today I did half an hour on the elliptical machine in the afternoon, and in the evening did some leg PT, sit-ups and push-ups. Tomorrow, one of our "core" classes--shadow boxing, hitting and kicking pads, a little self defense, and LOTS of push-ups and sit-ups/crunches.

Finally, the Calzaghe-Hopkins fight Saturday night was a GREAT boxing match because it was about two minds contesting. Hopkins, the amazing 43-year-old (on the left in the photo above), had studied Calzaghe and come up with a plan, a way to fight him, a way to nullify the 36-year-old Welshman's incredible speed. After about four rounds, Calzaghe figured out how to combat Hopkins' clever plan. And Hopkins couldn't readjust, leading Calzaghe to the win.

3 comments:

Eloria Serenity aka Paula said...

I understand how hard it is to deal with and injury and start over. I have just recently hyper-extended my knee in my first few weeks back, and doing everything I can to recover and make it for my orange belt promotions soon.

BobSpar said...

Thanks, Paula. What are you doing for recovery? My main concern is, how do I keep it from happening again? I may get my knee brace readjusted, but I was hoping to lose the brace altogether sooner or later--it's been a year since my ACL reconstruction.

Eloria Serenity aka Paula said...

I hate wearing a brace, but until it fully recovers, I am stuck with one. For me, with a brace, I have been working on deep back and horse stances to work all of the legs. Also doing some kicks and knee thrust, where I know you cannot.

Mainly, also been doing exercise to strengthen the muscles of the knee with lunges, leg lifts, and stretching. If I feel it is to much for my knee, I back off a little bit and just push myself more than a little next time. I also take a day off in between classes and personal training to rest and let the muscles repair and rebuild themselves.

Also I relate about loved ones being concerned over healthy focus that causes injury. My fiance has been real fussy with me since I hurt my knee, and I love to do kumite and shadow box.