Warning:  This entry is probably not of interest to men.

From time to time in this blog I update the status of my 70-something body.  There was never good news on this subject.  Until now.

About six months ago, I had a leg pain that I reported to my trainer/physical therapist Kathy.  I was sure I was doomed to have my second knee replaced.  Kathy did not think I needed a knee replacement.  So she gave me a set of exercises for my legs involving something called a “foam roller”.

Since I always do what Kathy says, I started the regimen of exercises she prescribed—about ten minutes, three times a week.  Basically, I roll my body back and forth from my knees to hips on the foam roller, on my stomach, back and both sides. As usual, Kathy was right. 

I kept up the foam-roller exercises when the problem went away as a preventative.  Six months later, anticipating a vacation to the beach with the kids this summer, and facing my “I hate bathing suits dilemma” again, I took a look in the full-length mirror.  And then I took a closer look.   Those ever-present skin dimples, aka cellulite, in my thighs had miraculously disappeared. 

In the morning, they were still gone.



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Okay, now I want to know more about this. My knees are congenitally defective and benefitted many years ago from an exercise called 'quad sets'. Now soreness is beginning again. So how does your new exercise work? You take a foam roller -- what diameter? what level of hard/soft compressibility? ... and then you lie on your belly on the floor ... or what? I'm having a little trouble picturing this but think I might want to try it. I'm only 5 years behind you, and a lot of what you write sounds like the experience I'm having.

Audrey Mitchell

I did exercises to strengthen my pelvic floor which also made my butt firmer. An added benefit.

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