When I started my Minimalist Workout in May I had a clear goal, to build strength without having to put a lot of effort in to it. Along the way I developed a habit of exercising daily and a desire to be healthier. I’ve lost 30 lbs along the way and have seen muscles pop up where I never knew they existed. As if that wasn’t enough I have read a lot about some very interesting people who also write blogs on Word Press. I’m inspired daily to be the best I can be.
A few weeks ago I slept funny on my arm and woke up with a sore shoulder. I didn’t think much of it but the pain has lingered on and this week I slept on my arm funny again and now my shoulder is even more sore. I’m worried about it and am hoping I haven’t injured myself. I’ve been able to do push ups but I have to be careful about what position my hands and arms are in. As a funny turn of events, I was looking at my shoulder and noticed that while my arms have developed nicely and I have a few muscles that I never knew existed, my biceps aren’t real big. I spoke to a friend about this who told me push ups don’t directly target the biceps. They will make them stronger but not big. He went on to say that I need to do curls and really contract the biceps as I lift the dumbbells.
I have tried to stay true to my idea of a minimalist workout as much as possible. I like to stick to body weight exercises, however, I have a weak upper back and the best way to correct this was to use a set of 10 lb weights. My arms aren’t small, I took a picture of my arm a couple of months ago and one of my friends told me it was as big as his leg. He’s a skinny guy. I don’t know if I want big biceps anyway. I want strength, not necessarily bulk. Still, if I have injured my shoulder then I need to find exercises I can do for my arms that wont hurt my shoulder. Are you following me here?
So this is where I’m at right now. Other than that I feel great. I’m eating well, have lost weight, never get enough sleep and am healthier than I was in May when I started writing this blog. I’ve been thinking a lot about going to get a complete physical. I want full blood work to see where I’m at and if I have any problem areas. I want to see that my cholesterol is low and my thyroid is healthy. Do I go to a general practitioner for that?
To me this is all part of the process. It has been a wonderful journey so far and I’d like to see more fruits of my labor!