One of the twins is determined to "do the splits." I remember wanting to do the same thing when I was her age. I would practice by jumping up in the air and slamming down on the floor, hoping the force of my movement would cause my legs to stretch out further. There was no gentle stretching in ballet class for me.
Have I mentioned that I have an appointment on December 17 to see an orthopedic surgeon about the pain in my right hip joint? I'm not even joking. I can barely walk these days. I'm wondering if perhaps my method of achieving the splits via shocking and awing my legs into submission was not the best approach to reaching my goal.
Dinner last night: teriyaki steak, rice, green salad
That may be part of the cause of your pain, but the likelihood is that it's just a matter of getting older. I've had the same debate with myself about my aches, one of them in my left hip. I was very active with judo for many years. Drills regularly included throwing people, and of course, being thrown (landing usually on my left hip and thigh.) Am I paying for it now? I don't know. Whether or not I am, I simply loved the sport and would still have done it all those years even if I could have known how I would be feeling today.
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