muscle knots and tight calves
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
My siblings and I all have a pretty athletic build in general, and that includes big calf muscles. Lately my calves have been seizing up after a hard workout. I get these knots in my muscles that are sore and they throb, while remaining tight for a few days.
I've been trying to remember to stretch a lot more than I usually do to avoid them. I've also started trying RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. My sister lent me a roller device called "The Stick" and I have to get one for myself to use at home.
I went hardcore on the elliptical yesterday afternoon (Calories per hour was up to 900!!) and maintained that for about 10 minutes straight. Today I can barely walk. I guess I need to learn more balance, but sometimes it feels good to really push yourself at the gym and I'm guilty of being really "gung ho" until I get hurt.
My sister said the elliptical is also very calf-intensive. I forgot how low impact it can be, while getting my heart rate up.
These knots in my legs are frustrating. They even affected me when I was on my honeymoon in Hawaii; we hiked a lot and I was really beat up halfway through our "vacation".