Magnolia’s 6-Month Challenge: Day 32 Don’t Let Your Backbone Slip or Get Hung Up Over Mops!
Posted Mar 03 2010 6:10am
How’s that for a title? Huh?
Okay, so let’s get right to it. Magnolia’s life is getting organized. I’ve been weeding out, clearing out and and selling off home school books in order to make room for other pursuits – like my writing. So, that’s a good thing. It has also been the reason I’ve been slow this past week to blogging about my challenge. But, I’m still in the saddle with this thing, so hang with me.
I’ve done two of my Yoga DVD’s. I’ve done Deep Stretch/ Yin Yoga with Mimi Solaire and Back in Shape by the same person. Here’s the deal with these Yoga exercises, I’m not too fond of all of the “see your breath going into your lower back” kind of stuff. Or, “drop your breath into your pelvic area”. Because, first of all, how do you see your breath doing anything, much less into your lower back? And can you “drop your breath into your pelvic area?” Because I can’t. If you’ve got some any good tips, I’m all ears.
Many years ago – like, close to 30 now. Yikes. In my quest for the eternal truth of the universe, I was very much into Yoga. I mean, like really into it. So into it that I would get up at 4:00 in the morning just to twist myself into these poses thinking that doing so was going to get me closer to God. It never did. Because as soon as I untwisted from the pretzel position (not really. There’s not a pretzel pose in Yoga) I was still the same old gal I was before.
But, I will say, as far as the exercise portion of Yoga goes, it’s tops. In fact, if your suffering from any kind of joint or back pain, like moi, I would highly recommend it. So, all of that to say that the philosophy of Yoga annoys my very Western mind, but the exercises are superb. The next one on my list is going to be Yoga Therapy for Back Pain . You can’t get any more straight forward than that and so, just for the title alone I’m giving the DVD props. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The next thing on my list for back health is going to be one of these inversion tables by Teeter Hang Ups . I’ve been looking at them for about two years now. They range from about $300 to over $3,000. That’s because some on the lower end of the price scale are manually operated. Which means you do the inverting with the handles on the side of the table. With the motorized model you press a button.
From what I’ve gathered, they’ve been reviewed and researched by everyone under the sun and they seem to be the best product out there for this type of therapy. I know for me, just bending over from the waist and letting myself hang really helps my lower back. So I’m thinking 15 minutes per day of this inversion stuff (which is what they recommend) is going to be very helpful. I’m pretty sold on them after all I’ve read, but since I haven’t actually used one yet, I can’t tell you if it’s a good product or not. I will definitely let you know when I do. You can look at them here at Amazon if you’re interested. They have several different models.
Who would have ever thought I would be excited about a mop. But listen to me, all ye with back issues, the Shark steam mop is the mop for you.
I’ve tried all of the newer mops on the market. The ones with the funny paper ends (can’t for the life of them think of who makes them now), the Swiffer models. In fact, ALL of the Swiffer models. I hated every one of them and kept going back to my trusty cotton mop. And truthfully, I still love a good old fashioned cotton mop, but with my back, mopping the floor is just OUT of the question. Not to mention, my kids can never do the kind of job that makes me happy, so my kitchen floor hasn’t exactly been, um, shall we say, clean?
So, anyway. I’m out shopping the other day for a new vacuum cleaner and I see this Shark steam mop . After looking it over for a few minutes I thought, why not. One of the things that appealed to me about it was that mop heads were removable and washable. So, I threw it in the cart along with some extra mop heads and brought it home. I tried it out that night. It did an outstanding job. I’ve used it twice since then and I’m thoroughly convinced that it is one of the best purchases (outside of my Dyson vacuum cleaner) that I’ve made in YEARS!
Here’s why: You don’t have to bend your waist over to mop. Listen, for me? That’s the answer. I’m 5′8 or somewhere there abouts. I’ve never mopped in my life where I didn’t do some serious bending at the waist. That was all well and good 25 years ago when I was 30-something and fit as a fiddle. Now, I’m 53 and well, you know the back story.
It has this really long handle that when pushed forward, pumps and releases water which steams onto your floor. Ladies, it does a superb job. I don’t think I would ever want to be a vacuum cleaner sales person, but as much as I love this steam mop , I would hawk it in a heart beat. I would seriously give the Sham Wow guy a run for his money.
Look, even if you don’t have back issues, it’s an outstanding mop. But, just the fact that I can push this thing and not have to bend over AND it does an outstanding job mopping my floor? Sold!
Another couple of tips. It says you cannot put any kind of chemicals in the water tank. I’m not so sure that just water will clean my floor. So, what I did was put a splash of my favorite floor cleaner on the floor and mopped over with the mop. The steam and water from the mop mixed with the chemical on the floor and did an outstanding job. When you are done, you can remove the cotton mop head and throw it in the washer. You can’t beat it. You can find them at Kohls (which is where I found mine) or you can also get them here at Amazon for the same price.
So, those are my back tips for the day, folks. See you tomorrow!