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Why Is the Coffee Can Wearing a Stocking Cap?

I promised I'd try to answer this question, and I guess there's no time like the present. As I've shared before, I have a knee problem. I was referred to a physical therapist and she assigned me some exercises to do at home. Most don't require any equipment, but one required a bolster to put under my knee. Then I have to put my knee over it and raise and lower my leg over the bolster.

The problem is, I don't have a bolster. The therapist said I could use a coffee can with a towel around it, but I didn't have a good way to attach the towel. The large rubber bands would break. So I decided to use the stocking cap. It covers enough of the can to do the job. And the coffee can doesn't get cold.

I keep it beside my bed because I do those exercises in bed before I get up. If I don't, they somehow just never get done. It also helps me adjust to being awake so I can get up.

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cahaya1983 wrote on October 5, 2015, 5:42 AM

That's a good way of improvising stuff! I've never thought a coffee can could be useful for physical exercises. It does look pretty cool with the stocking cap on, though. :D

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lexiconlover wrote on October 5, 2015, 5:59 AM

That's good improvising . And it's cute too. Good luck with the exercises.

jiangliu1949 wrote on October 5, 2015, 7:48 AM

It is a good alternative to a bolster.Hope it does it work .

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 5, 2015, 9:56 AM

That worked out very well then as it also makes it look kind of cute too.

Feisty56 wrote on October 5, 2015, 10:13 AM

I knew it would be a reasonable explanation. Lol And that is very reasonable. Initially I thought the stocking cap might be for your head in case you became cold through the night -- because I know someone who would do that.

markgraham wrote on October 5, 2015, 11:33 AM

This is almost like an exercise I had to do when I was a diver on the high school swim team. The exercise was rolling cans where we would take two cans and then take our feet and roll them so that our feet would get used to direction and provide for more precise pointing when entering the water after a dive and your whole body is shaped like a missile entering the water hands and feet. I think I describe it right it has been a long time.

WordChazer wrote on October 5, 2015, 4:53 PM

Like that idea. I actually do have a soft bolster here, so thanks for reminding me that's another use for it. My knees are entering their difficult time of year so I might just use it as an improvised knee support.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:00 AM

Sometimes we just have to make do with what we have.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:01 AM

I get tired of the routine, but it helps me develop discipline.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:02 AM

It works, but it's harder. The bolster was softer.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:02 AM

I suppose, but the can is empty, and I don't drink coffee. Never learned to like it.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:03 AM

I do think it's kind of cute, but I'm sure it just looks strange to most people.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:04 AM

Well, if my head gets cold at night, it will still be handy. Of course, that won't happen in this weather.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:05 AM

That sounds like an interesting exercise. I didn't know divers had to do exercises.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:06 AM

It has to be firm enough to hold your knee so it doesn't sink into it.

WordChazer wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:03 AM

Sure, if you're using it for exercises it will need to be. But for simply something as support under a bent knee, I guess my bolster will do.

AliCanary wrote on October 7, 2015, 11:30 AM

Well, that explains it! Good thing that you figured out something that works for you.

allen0187 wrote on November 1, 2015, 7:29 PM

Good luck with your physical therapy. You might want to look at using power bands as well. Those are great for strengthening the knees.

RuthCox wrote on December 25, 2015, 8:17 PM

Sounds like a great re-purposing of a coffee can. Besides, that is kind of cute and even a handy place for a cap if you need it!

BarbRad wrote on December 26, 2015, 12:16 AM

It works, but I don't like how hard it is. I wish I had something a bit more flexible.

BarbRad wrote on December 26, 2015, 12:18 AM

I'm not sure what you mean by power bands, but I did start using knee warmers with support and it's really helped.

BarbRad wrote on December 26, 2015, 12:19 AM

It's true I can always find my cap now.