Monday, June 18, 2012
I've been temporarily sidelined by pulling something in my lower back. Now I have 2 new moves that I will eliminate from my exercise repertoire. Both exercises were new ones that the instructors were trying out. On the first one, I was able to tell the instructor the next day (when she had the class do it again) that I hurt my back when I did it. She told me to modify the exercise, looked around at the rest of the class to see that they were having difficulty and then she changed to another exercise. The second exercise I had done once before without a problem. When I attempted it on Saturday, my back started hurting right away so I immediately stopped the exercise. I skipped anything else that even remotely made me feel any pain. I finished the class very gingerly.
After leaving the gym I drove to the grocery store to restock our healthy foods and suddenly had a pain in my back that took my breath away. I paid for the groceries and had someone else load them into the car. I carefully carried the bags, one by one, into the kitchen when I got home. I put the things away that were absolutely necessary and went to lay down on the bed. I put hot packs on my back and did some gentle stretches from past physical therapy for my lower back. I continued this routine through Monday and am feeling much better but still twinge badly if I stand in one place for too long.
I am pleased that I immediately stopped doing the exercise as soon as I felt the pain. I didn't try to push through the pain to prove something to myself or the rest of the class. I extended my rest period to 2-3 days instead of just one day. I'm trying to be tuned into my body and what my body needs. Right now, the message I'm hearing is rest, heat and working the muscles very gently. I will take it easy on those muscles for several weeks - not over working them - until the pain is resolved.