My back still hurts from kettle bells on Monday. My doctor informed me yesterday that I should try something less strenuous to strengthen my back and then try the workout again. She is a sage woman and I will be following her advice.
That's hard for me to do, even with the pain I am in. I don't like to go down in defeat. I like to crush through, take the pain and figure things out on the other side. That's why I worked out hard the last two days. Today however I realized I was probably elongating recovery, so I just went for a walk and I am going home to do laundry - which with our stairs is also a workout. ;)
I wanted to write this tonight to remind you all of something I have to remind myself of from time to time - pain sometimes means stop. I explained it to my mom the other day as, "There is push through and try a new move/weight for your body pain ('good pain') and then there is the look on your face now - bad pain." We all know what bad pain is - cut your hand, drop a bowling ball on your foot, get hit by a car - but we sometimes aren't paying enough attention during our workouts to recognize it.
I was playing tough girl on Monday, panting and wheezing and saying, "I'll be fine, give me a minute." I should have said then, what I am saying now - "My body has informed me that this is a BAD idea, I will stop now and give up a man card."
It's simple really, your mom has been saying it for years - "Do you want to do it just because everyone else is doing it?" Okay, usually that is a bridge, but you get the idea.
Yours in Health,