Nine days ago I noticed that my legs did not feel quite as strong. My left knee was also in a lot of pain when performing the standing exercises. I immediately associated the problem with the dutasteride I am taking. What was going on? Was it not working?
THE BODY WAS TELLING ME SOMETHING:
Upon further analysis, however, I realized that I needed to follow my own advice and listen to my body. Every month since starting the dutasteride I had added reps and additional exercises to my daily routine. And, whenever I added something, they were easy to perform.
Last week while performing my ‘light day’ leg exercises my knee was killing me. I stopped immediately. I know understand what happened. I had increased my long routine by 60-90% (40-50 minutes longer) and my short routine by 50%. I had finally max’d out (pushed too far) and needed to cut back a little. I also realized the arthritis in my left knee had not been a problem until I added too many reps.
I decided to experiment a little. I cut back on my light routine to the original reps. Within a few days my knee was a lot better. Yes, the exercises seemed very easy, but that’s okay. The intent of the light exercise program is to keep the motor neurons firing; not to build muscle.
Monday’s long exercise was 110 minutes and today’s was 115 minutes. Both were performed without a problem or any pain. My short exercise program is back to the original one and it is easy and also performed without pain. Best of all, I feel better and stronger again. Is this another case of, “Do as I say, not as I do”?
I guess I am not Mighty Mouse and kryptonite still flows through my genes. :-) But, I’m listening again and am much better as a result. Perhaps I need hearing aids!