Recently, as part of my gradual adoption of a light fitness regime, previously chronicled here in entries about the pleasures of nighttime bicycle riding, I've begun to do pushups on a daily basis. Wow! I'm really shocked by the difference they're making in my ability to play defense in basketball and, more importantly, to sit at a computer for long periods of time without growing tense or weary. When I began to practice deep breathing techniques a few months back, I realized that they helped enormously with the inner portion of my abdominal muscles, perhaps the most neglected part of my largely neglected physical well-being. Now I'm surprised to learn that pushups not only work the arms and back, but also those same muscles.
In other body-related news, the last batch of Emergen-Cs that I purchased at Trader Joe's turned out to be Joint Health packets instead. I didn't realize for several days, at which point I couldn't really return them in good conscience. Since the ingredients were largely identical, except for the two specific ones in the latter meant to promote, you guessed it, "joint health," I figured I could get by using up the remainder of the packets. And then a funny thing happened. My balky knee started to feel much, much better. It could be a complete coincidence -- masoo would probably incline toward that conclusion -- but if so, it was a pretty uncanny one. The packets ran out last week, so I went back to my usual standard Emergen-Cs. Again, this could be coincidental or a case of mind overpowering body, but I've been having a lot more knee pain this week than in the preceding two weeks. Playing basketball yesterday, I felt a distinct difference in my ability to plant one leg and cut, which is a big part of my game.