This week, my knee went wonky on me at iai.
This it not the first time it has happened within the last year - it happened about 7 months ago on the other knee. We spend a fair amount of time in iai training from the position of seiza (think sitting on your knees) or tatehiza (literally "standing knee", or a rather unusual position where the butt is largely placed on the sole of the left foot and the right foot is pulled over to the left leg with the knee up) so I suppose that it is not a surprise - except that prior to this, I have had almost zero issues with my knees.
I am wondering how much the work changes from The Plague are to blame.
Oh, not from any sort of residual lingering issues from either illness or other things. But a change in how I move during the day.
Before - when I was in the office - while I still had a great many meetings, I also had them in different places. And so I walked - a great deal, from conference room to conference room and office to office, often talking while standing. Now, I tend to sit a great deal as I virtually "walk" from meeting to meeting or call to call.
Yes, I do walk every day in the morning with Poppy the Brave and sometimes in the evening (non-iai days) but it is only isolated events at specific times of the day, not the sort of regular movement that was going on before. It is fair to say that I am a great deal more sedentary than I used to be.
(As I note, I do still go to the gym three days a week and practice iai every day I am not at class - but again, specific events, not the sort of general daily movement I used to have.)
This, on the whole, is not a good development.
The problem is that I am not really sure what do about (to be fair, I think I just realized it is an issue). The electronic work world model does not allow one to even "walk" between conference rooms every hour. And sitting in front of a computer as much as I do know does not even offer the benefit of standing or stretching while listening - especially with the continued expansion of the use of cameras during meetings (as if, somehow, that makes things more personal).
True - I am not getting younger and from everything I hear from those who have gone before me, this sort of thing inevitably happens at some point. Still, there is no reason to accelerate the matter by making it worse.
Which simply means I need to figure out a more "active" sedentary work environment.