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Concrete is My Enemy

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Concrete Is My Enemy

Throughout my entire life, even as a teen, concrete floors and surfaces have always been a pain issue with me. After working 8 hours at the supermarket on a concrete floor, my legs always ached. On the rare occasions when I worked as a checker, they hurt the worst. (Guys always made lousy checkers, compared to the girls, so some of us were only "allowed" to check when it got busy on Sundays.) Basically, standing and working on a concrete floor was always a punishment. Interestingly, sports -- running and jumping, never had this effect, unless I played on a concrete court -- basketball, handball, or tennis.

While MDW was out of town I started and completed a bunch of projects in the basement, working on you guessed it -- a concrete floor. The last few days, I've taken it really easy on my workouts, but it has not worked. My back and legs have progressively more pain.

I was in agony this morning when I got up. In fact, I spent another hour and a half in bed just avoiding having to stand. I also bagged my morning walk, stretch, and abs session.

I will workout, today, but it will be less than a fifth of what I have been doing on an easy day. Just enough to warm up and stretch a little. (As I say, it's most important to be consistent.)

Concrete -- worse than junk food.

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    I SO agree!
    1841 days ago
    Concrete is the worst!

    Outdoor track - if you can find one!
    1844 days ago
    take more rests
    1844 days ago
    I hope you get done with your project soon!!

    1844 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    I always wear well-cushioned shoes, unless I'm dressing up. I always wear cushioned socks with these shoes.

    A wood floor in the basement probably would help, but we don't need the space, and our taxes would go up significantly. I've got one more project to do down there, but I won't do it until after the arm shoulder surgery recovery -- at the earliest.

    Every day, I take two 12 hour NSAIDs (oxaprozin -- can't take naproxen -- the active ingredient in Aleve -- "rips up" my stomach).

    Timothy, I know you're right about concrete versus asphalt. Asphalt is much better.

    Reduced workout went okay. Let's see how I do tomorrow.

    Lee emoticon
    1844 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/1/2013 11:28:23 PM
    It's so funny. You wouldn't think it, but there is a difference between running on concrete and running on asphalt. But I got ... complained ... at (the word I want to use would violate the censors) by a driver today for running in the Bike Lane "when there is a perfectly good sidewalk for" pedestrians "like you" only he didn't say "pedestrians". But If I can I stay off the concrete. Hurts my knees and hips.
    1844 days ago
  • 23KAIYA
    I agree, concrete is horrible!
    1845 days ago
  • POPSY190
    We put thick cork tiles on the one area of the house with solid concrete flooring.
    1845 days ago
    Well cushioned shoes are the key (with cushioned socks, too) make all the difference. Also Aleve before bed will help bunches. emoticon
    1845 days ago
    That is tough, concrete is everywhere now a days. Hope you feel better soon.
    1845 days ago
  • DARLY55
    That's a tough one Lee. It's hard to get away from concrete.
    I know it would be a big job, but you could build a wood floor over your concrete....just a thought. I know a couple who had to do just that. They built their ranch house(themselves) on a concrete slab, a year after moving into it, they built wood floors throughout to save their backs. They had no idea it would affect them so badly.
    Take care of yourself! emoticon emoticon
    1845 days ago
    I hate it too. I can't function if my feet hurt.
    1845 days ago
    It sounds like you need to find another place to finish your project, before you finish yourself. emoticon You definitely should avoid concrete at all costs !!

    Have you talked to your doctor ? Are there any special shoes that might help ?

    Good luck, take it easy, and heal.
    1845 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Years ago, at my Dr's suggestion I got a rubber mat. If it had any positive effect over the years, it's eluded me. emoticon

    Lee emoticon
    1845 days ago
    I hope you're done with your project soon, or maybe you need to invest in one of those rubber mats that help relieve the pressure. There was a big difference between having to stand at a checkout that had the rubber mat and the one that didn't (there was only one and I got it on the busy days like the day before Christmas and Thanksgiving.)
    1845 days ago
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