Monday, 11 May 2020

Muscle loss and Using your core

In one of my first blogs, I commented that my swim instructor said I wasn't using my core, hence the crab πŸ¦€ like swimming technique!! No one really seemed to be able to explain what they meant. Afterall it's OK saying it and you can even shout it, but if someone (me) doesn't understand it, it can be said or shouted till someone is blue in the face, makes didly squat difference really. 

Someone advised me to read an excellent article, How to find your core. For me it has proved really helpful. I adopted this during my daily walks. During the first few days, it felt really strange, but like all things in life your body has an amazing way of adapting. Hopefully when I am able to start running again, it will help as well.

Pilates has been a saviour really, adding in core strength work as well has helped me try and reduce the muscle loss. 

The muscle mass that has disappeared from my arms is alarming, specifically the left arm. I never really gave it much thought, doing various strength exercises regularly, like kettle bells and weights, carrying a bag with golf clubs during the winter, everything helped. 

My arms now do not look like I own them. They should belong to someone at least 20 years older than me, and certainly someone who has never moisturised!!!  It's come as a bit of a shock to see these crinkly things at the end of my shoulders! I will never be able to wear sleeveless shirts again. 

A lot of people have said that as soon as I start weight training again the muscle will start to return, but can you ever undo crinkly skin, I don't think so!!  If there is a secret out there please let me know urgently.  

During my many walks, a number of people have entertained me at the end of their drives. I have had cake, coffee, tea and even managed to come home on one occasion with 6 freshly laid eggs πŸ“πŸ“, it strikes me that hikers are probably very well fed 🀣🀣.

On VE Day. We had a socially distanced Street Party. I dressed as a land girl, well why wouldn't you 😏.  I went for a short walk in this odd looking outfit, you do get some very odd looks, (well I seem to). Lady dressed as a land girl, with lime green cast & crinkly arm, speed walking past, it must indeed have frightened the local cats, and, other small animals, let alone their owners.  


  1. Great blog as usual. Think of all the fun you will have building those muscles back up😁you look great as a land girl and not strange at all. Keep em coming my friend!

    1. thank you Karen, the landgirl outfit as a good bit of fun. Stay safe xx