Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Kinect does me in.

Is it possible to pull a butt muscle? I mean, I've heard of pulled groin muscles, and I've heard of throwing out your back. But you don't often hear of people complaining that they pulled a muscle in their gluteus maximus. But then, maybe people are too proud to admit that. Obviously, I'm not proud.

My husband brought home the new Kinect gaming system the other day. It was an early Christmas present. For him, I think, rather than the kids. It really is cool, so I'll lay claim to it too. Without getting into any wild conspiracy theories, the smart camera and too smart system that is the Kinect freaks me out just a little bit, but the fun outweighs the creepiness.

The first day we had the system, I played the games that came with the system. I tubed down a river; rafted across some clouds; and did an obstacle course that involved ducking under bars, jumping over hurdles, and dodging big pink things.

The next day I was mildly sore. Well, sore enough to complain a little. I must be really out of shape, I thought.

So I paid a little visit to Amazon where I found the Kinect fitness game for $10 off. Using my Swagbucks free Amazon giftcards, I ordered and it magically appeared in my mailbox a couple of days later.

So with this fitness game, I have my own personal trainer who takes me through lots of different exercise routines. I did some toning, some cardio kickboxing...and I felt good at first. The next day, however, yep, my butt hurt. So naturally I did some more toning, some more cardio kickboxing. And today I can barely walk. Well, I can walk. I'm just lopsided because it is just my right side that is in pain.

I have nursed a sore back, achy arms, and tired legs before. But I'm just not sure what to do with a sore butt muscle. I mean, I still need to walk, and surprisingly, one uses one's butt muscles A LOT when walking. So with the necessary walking around, getting from place to place, there is no rest for my gluteus maximus. Perhaps this will be a chronic problem.

If so, I really need to come up with a better story to tell people than the fact that I got my butt kicked by a video game.


Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Well, just so you know you're not alone--I have had some sort of muscle issue at the very top of my left leg--or the bottom of my left glute, depending on your perspective. It's been going on since August. Not to be discouraging or anything. I'm afraid you're going to think I'm copying or something, since when your neck hurt, I was all like, Oh, my neck hurts, too...but maybe it's just what happens at our age???

5thsister said...

Oh dear...funny, Kathleen! I so know what you mean though. Usually if I incorporate any type of lunges I pay for it dearly in my derrière. A soak in a nice hot bath usually helps.

Speaking of pain, I've this mysterious lower belly pain for about a week now...

Bunch of Barrons said...

Haha...too funny. It's so hard being sore though when you have a house full of kids to deal with.

tsinclair said...

Sounds pretty impressive...the Kinect that is, not the butt pain :-)

Michelle said...

too funny!! I remember eons ago, doing a Buns of Steel video. I was in really good shape so I went all out. I couldn't walk for two days. I wish I had it on dvd, it was an old vhs tape. Leg warmers and all, but it was the best workout ever!

Arby said...

For a moment there I thought I was reading my blog. Yikes. I have absolutely no healing tips for this one.

Teacher Mommy said...

Considering the glutes are the largest muscles in your body, I'm am unsurprised that they can be pulled. I've had that sort of pain because of my back issues that then (with utter unfairness) affect my butt as well. Back muscles connected to the butt muscles and all that. Sigh.

But(t) (hehe) I'm still giggling over your dilemma. Forgive me.

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Glad you're enjoying the Kinect. I hope it's no longer a pain in the...oh, never mind.

I'm so sorry. I couldn't resist. ;)

Yay for Swag Bucks!!