Today, to prevent injuries, I’m going to share with you my story, and why it is important to listen to your body during, and even a few days after, a workout.
Right before I went on vacation, I started to have knee pain. However, I did a lot of walking in Italy, and my pain was getting better. At least, that is what I thought was happening. I was wrong! The lovely twelve-hour flight back home did not help the matter. While on the plane, I was unable to stretch and move freely.
Once I got home, I rested for a few days, then went running. That was a big mistake.
My knee was not healed yet. Since then, I have been in a lot of pain. I am experiencing burning sensations and swelling.
In the past, I have injured myself many times. One of the injuries that I recall vividly happened during a step-aerobics class. I remember I was having the time of my life, stepping on and off the steps while listening and singing along to an awesome song. Suddenly, I lost my balance. Then, bang! I found myself on the floor with my ankle twisted. I was in shock and a lot of pain. The doctor had me in an ankle immobilizer for six weeks, followed by physical therapy.
Every time I work out, I start with a warm-up. I gradually increase my heart rate. Also, especially after a run, a cool-down is important. It helps me slowly bring my heart rate back to normal.
Even though I do all this, I always ignore important signals that my body sends out, and I get hurt. I am now beginning to wonder if sports injuries are just a fact of life for me. What is sad for some of us at our age, is that it takes longer to recuperate.
I have an appointment with Dr. Bolster on Monday. I will keep you posted on this. Until then, love yourself! Stay zen.
PS. On a different note: why are so many musicians and artists, the latest being Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, committing suicide?? I will write a blog post on that soon. I would like to hear from my followers about why this is occurring. RIP, Chester.