I'm 35 and I tend to take up exercises that are pretty challenging for me, but I also have had a few sports injuries in the last few years that have sidelined me. I don't want to go back to my sports doctor and PT again, but I'm also not sure what sensible self-care really looks like.
I took up running recently and while I've learned that I can run fast for a beginner, I've also had a mild ache for days after my run. It's not DOMS, it's limited to my hip flexors and it sticks around. I cut back to one fast 5k a week and do a very through warm up/cool down/strech now, but the ache still keeps showing up. I also twacked my ankles badly over the weekend and while nothing was badly hurt, my left ankle gets a little tender after a few blocks of walking without actually being painful. I haven't gone back to running yet and have limited the amount of long walking I do this week, but I want to get back out there.
Neither of these things rise to the level where I should go see my doctor, but I'm not sure where the line is between cautious and lazy. I really want to get out there and do things again, but I also don't want to excerbate a mild injury into something bad. I used to just ignore aches until they became overuse injuries or serious strains and I'm not sure where the line is.
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