WOW. It’s been AWHILE since I talked anything fitness wise on here. Like more than a year. Mainly because right before I started blogging about food and fitness I started having problems with my back. It’s a year later, and I’ve learned A LOT about recovery, when to rest, treat my body better, and adapt to change.
I don’t want to get into the whole story of my back, but basically last year (or in 2012) I hurt it because I was simply pushing myself to the limits and thought nothing of it. I had this idea in my head if I didn’t work out for a day I would gain weight. I had no experience and I just got workouts off Pinterest and blogs (there’s a disclaimer for a reason!!).
Now I know that’s ridiculous, and that your body literally NEEDS rest in order to recover properly and have all systems in order. I literally ran myself into the ground with intense workouts and have been picking up the pieces and learning how to exercise more responsibly for the past year.
So that’s the long story short. But anyways, I was just thinking after my workout Monday that it’s literally been more than a year since I felt absolutely amazing after working out and had no pain in my back. I almost teared up in the car on the way home. I am used to feeling pain and tightness in my left SI joint after workouts, and it normally intensifies sitting in the car. So always when I’m driving home from a workout it’s the worst. But Monday (and most days recently) I have had absolutely no pain. It’s almost a miracle to me after almost two years of 5+ doctors, an embarrassing amount of money. In the past year I haven’t felt good about my workouts. So it’s a huge breakthrough. I’ve really learned what works for me- and that’s not pushing myself with HIIT, running, and working out 6 days a week.
So what have I been doing? Well, after successful Prolotherapy treatments with my back, the doctor told me I needed to see a physical therapist or personal trainer to complete a supervised core strengthening program. I sprang and got a personal trainer. Yes, it’s not cheap, but to me it’s worth it. So I’ve been working out with him once a week and doing a program he designed for me in the gym. It’s mostly isolated muscle group weight lifting, against everything I’ve been told works. But surprisingly, I love it! I love lifting and building up towards a goal. I just have to be careful not to push myself too far and I think it’s been so far so good. Here’s what a typical week might look like :
Monday- Weight room
Tuesday- Swim (or rest day)
Wednesday- Personal Training
Thursday- Weight Room
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday- Rest Day or Yoga
Sunday- Rest Day or Yoga
I have been incorporating Yoga on the weekends and am LOVING it. In the past Yoga was just something I tried to do because I knew it was good for me but never really liked it because I felt it didn’t give me a “work out”. I signed up for the 21 Day Challenge at Yoga Journal and have been getting daily videos. So even though I don’t do it every day on the weekend I pick one to do. This weekend I did a video each day and it made a HUGE difference. I hardly had to stretch Monday! And my back felt so good!
Anyway, this week I am definitely Thinking Out Loud, as many of you probably didn’t even know or care that I was struggling with this issue. I feel so happy to finally be at a place where I don’t feel limited. And I don’t feel like I need to push myself like I was anymore. If you have any more questions about prolo therapy for joint pain relief let me know in the comments, I didn’t really want to get into it in this post.
What kind of workout schedule do you find works for you?
Please give me some good yoga websites and resources if you have any!