Making progress: Exercise Log May 4-10

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

May 11th, 2008 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

This week was all about making progress. While I still feel far from my ideal exercise routine, I’m proud of how I worked with my limitations and increased my consistency in areas where I have slacked off in the past.

For starters, I incorporated two days of gentle dancing — one at home and one in a freestyle dance class. I was very clear with myself that the objective was not to burn calories, but rather to dance with my pain and maximize my mobility. As such, I was able to dance at my edge and avoid re-triggering that thigh/groin muscle injury.

In addition, I began slowly re-introducing biking into my life. Part of what made it possible was that I arranged with my mom to pick me up if my injury reactivated somewhere during my bike route.

Lastly, I made sure to do my hand physical therapy routine — even if it was right before I went to bed, and I was exhausted. I realized that I just had to make it a top priority, no matter what.

All in all, I’m pleased with my activities of the past week.


Dancing with Pain® 1 hour

Hand physical therapy routine


Hand physical therapy routine


Swim 1/2 mile

Water walk 1/8 mile

Bike 1.5 miles


Gentle dancing 40 minutes

Elliptical trainer 20 minutes

Weights at gym


Bike 3 miles

Hand physical therapy routine


Hand physical therapy routine


Bike 6.75 miles

Hand physical therapy routine

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