I danced for 12 years. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary before contemporary was a thing. I was a cheerleader for a couple of years and have practiced yoga for about 10 years. I’m certainly no enlightened yogi, but I can pull out a mean lotus, plow, tree and scorpion on a really good day.
Here’s what I don’t do, I don’t run. The only time I ever intend on running is when it is away from bears. My husband? He runs. At least three times a week plus his weekly basketball game. I watch him ice his knees almost every night. I don’t run because I like my knees. I need my knees.
I need my knees to jump off of stuff.
12 years of dance training and I use what I learned for living room dance parties and for jumping off stuff. I want my knees to last for a really long time because I’ve seen people with bad knees, and it’s not something I want to deal with. The chances of my knees going bad? Pretty good. So when it comes to working out, you’ll never see me head out the door for a quick run. Water aerobics? Sure! Yoga? You betcha. Pole dancing? Maybe someday! But high impact stuff that involves my knees? Nope.
The most high impact thing you’ll see me do? Jump off of stuff, sometimes with my kid.
I promise to be kind to you knees, if you promise to keep me jumping off stuff for the next 50 years.
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