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Friday and this afternoon I went jogging, only in the pool. My original reason for doing so was that I wanted to exercise with my hat on while Skylar frolicked. But I soon recalled reading about those water aerobics classes for senior citizens and decided that I might be able to get leg exercise without unduly straining my still-balky knee if I ran underwater. So far, the results are impressive. My legs are very tired right now, but the knee feels better than it does after a bike ride or conventional jog. I go the length of the pool facing forwards, then return, without turning around, running backwards. And then I'll do some two-footed jumps periodically in the deepest part of the pool. I'm interested to see whether this regimen, if I keep it up, will make life easier for me on the basketball court.

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derdriu From: derdriu Date: June 18th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My father, after breaking an ankle and then damaging the opposite knee, exercised in our pool up until he and my mother sold the house. He swears it was the only thing that has kept him walking today. Now he doesn't have the luxury of a pool, but he has a jacuzzi which he attempts to use in the same way. It isn't as good and the effects are noticeable.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 18th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Interesting. I mean, I sort of knew people approved of exercising in the pool in that way, but it never occurred to me to try it myself. I really, really want to avoid surgery, if at all possible, since there are so many things that can happen to leave you worse off than you were before the operation. So I'm going to try this in earnest for a while. It wouldn't be such a problem except that sitting at a desk typing is the absolute worst thing for the knee. I even tried one of those 80s-era "Balans" chairs, where you rest on your knees, but to no avail. At least I won't get carpal tunnel this way, since I can't sit for more than fifteen minutes at a time!

Anyway, thanks for writing: I need encouragement. Are you still in Portland? I imagine the comedown from your thesis madness hasn't quite dissipated yet, if what my Reed alum friends tell me holds true more generally.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: June 18th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You know, I knew it was bad but somehow had no idea it was quite that bad all the time for you. I had a friend go through knee surgery and it sucked. I hope the water workouts help--I've heard very good things. Plus with the Tucson heat, it has to be good. Feel better!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 18th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's only bad insofar as it makes writing in a sitting position a real pain in the knee!
derdriu From: derdriu Date: June 19th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
At least I won't get carpal tunnel this way, since I can't sit for more than fifteen minutes at a time!

Well, that's definitely a way to stay optimistic . . .

I am still in Portland. I'm here until mid-September, at which point I'll move to Boston to start a business. The thesis madness is definitely not over. I've been told it will take 6 months to a year to end. Should be a very interesting 6 months...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 19th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow. What kind of business? That's so enterprising, if you'll forgive my word choice!

I do try to stay optimistic. My life has been through some valleys of late and I haven't come close to sea level yet, so it's important to "look on the bright side of life," as the Monty Python troupe enjoins us.

As far as typing goes, it's not that bad. I just stand up on my tiptoes every fifteen minutes and go for a walk every hour. Staying in the same position for too long is not a good idea anyway.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: June 21st, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ethics Consulting for Corporations. It is an idea I stumbled across (read: was hit in the face with) at West Point.

You know, I don't have anything wrong with any joints, and I still have to wiggle around while typing. I think people just weren't meant to sit, almost unmoving at a computer for hours.
elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: June 18th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

How'd I log out unknowingly?

I'll say it again,

Very nice.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 18th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: How'd I log out unknowingly?

The mysteries of LJ. . . At times like this I'm so glad we still have our JCC membership, because their pool is big enough to accomodate a large dude "jogging" in one lane!
pissang From: pissang Date: June 18th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Unless you can produce an AARP membership card, I might have to place you under citizens' arrest.

Do you use a knee brace when you hoop? I hurt my knee a couple years ago and I bought one of those neoprene things you slide over your knee from the sporting goods store for $15 or so. I did it out of desperation and did not expect it to work at all but it allowed me to play pain free. Guess it keeps all the tendons and crap in place. Annoying and sweaty, but worth it.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 18th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I got one of those. It actually seems to help me more when typing at my desk than on the court, weirdly. The only major problems I have on the court are sliding on defense and when I pivot off my right leg. Oh, and since I'm right-footed, my already-not-very-good jump shot is adversely affected by my knee when it's acting up, because I get the wrong lift. Maybe I should try the brace again on the court and see if it works better now that I'm doing this pool thing.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: June 19th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It does work! I've been doing it for two months, now, and I've lost 10 pounds. And I can run for longer periods of time as a result.
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