I had mentioned here that I had been trying single-leg squats so that one glute didn't compensate for the other. This was based on the recommendation of my PT.
I've tried some variations, as well. For example, I've been doing "squats into lunges." Description: Squat on your left leg with the right foot just touching the floor for balance. Move the right leg back into a lunge. Then, keeping your left leg in the squat, return your right leg back to starting position. Repeat 10-15 times and switch to the other leg. I try to do three sets of reps on each leg.
For the record, I'm not the most graceful when it comes to balancing on one leg.
|I'm like that duck trying to fit in amongst a flock of flamingos|
That aside, I have been running nearly pain-free these days! All the single-leg exercises have really paid off. Even during long runs, I have had almost no issue. Post-long run, my hips used to get so sore that I pretty much HAD to stretch before being able to continue with my day. But these days, I've been able to just shower and move on without a second thought. (Obviously it's always still better to stretch, of course.)
I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop (both literally and figuratively). Knock on wood, it's been all good!
On that note, I am a believer in signs from the universe. For example, if I'm trying to eat some ice cream but can't get the package open, it's a sign that I shouldn't be eating it.
Well! Last night, I was thinking about effective the single-leg squats have been. Then, Agnes texted me with this:
Coincidence? I think not!
I am not a frequent participator in these types of challenges. However, I am going to give this one a try. With yesterday being March 1, I made that my "Day 1." It felt good to knock out my prescribed 50 for the day (I did 50 single-leg squats on each side).
I am sure it will be very tough to get to 250 squats by Day 30. But even if I don't get there, I will definitely embrace any motivation to keep the momentum rolling on hip strengthening exercises.
NO DIDDLY SQUATS HERE!!!
(I know, I know, bad joke...)