Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Keep Moving

 



Yoga is kind of a passion of mine, but when lock downs started, I let myself get out of the habit of practicing on a regular basis.  Then, when things did open up and there were at least beach yoga classes to attend, I hurt my knee and have been afraid to injure it more.

Well, I am paying for that now.  By not stretching and moving, I have made everything much worse.  I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pain from IT band tightness.  This can cause pain and irritation in the hip or knee.  I was told to do IT band stretches and apply ice before follow up with an orthopedic doctor if necessary. Yoga is perfect for stretching the hip, so that is what I have been doing; both regular longer practices and ten minute stretches targeted to the IT Band.  I am choosing to practice at home with an app I really like (Down Dog) as well as You Tube.  Until I am able to move my knee a bit better again, that is what feels the most comfortable and I have a pretty good view if I set up my mat poolside.

All this said, the point of this post is advise from a fit mid life women who stopped moving (besides walking) for too long.  It showed me how important it is to stretch and stay strong and flexible.  I want to be active for a long time and it is a slippery slope to aches and pains if you don’t persevere.  My back also paid the price of not stretching and I have been a regular at my massage place.

The good news is that after two weeks of consistent yoga, I already see improvement.  

Namaste my friends.

9 comments:

  1. Excellent message, well said, . . .
    YES . . . Keep on stretching . . .
    Happy you are seeing some improvements!

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  2. I think when we stop moving we really age. I enjoy yoga on youtube with Adrienne. Not sure if you've seen her, but she has a wonderful way of instructing and her cute dog Benji lays there and watches : ) Take care!

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  3. I'm so sorry that you had an injury. I'm one of those people that doesn't move much other than walking. I need to start doing SOMETHING. Living in an RV doesn't give much room for exercise, gymns are closed and even the activity center here at the park is closed. Excuses, I know, but not sure how to fix them. I think at the end of this lockdown we're going to have a lot of unfit people.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. You inspire me to search out some yoga classes or videos. Thanks for this post and I hope you get back to being able to do it all again soon. HUGS!

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    1. Start with a beginner gentle yoga. You will feel great!

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  5. I'm going to look into some yoga videos. My hips have been hurting to the point where they wake me up at night. Thanks for sharing. hope you feel better soon.

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    1. You will be amazed at how good it feels to stretch out your hips!

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  6. I had a similar experience in 2020 and it led to a nagging back injury. I started ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ on YouTube and it has transformed my life both mentally and physically. It’s amazing what a pain free life can do to lift the spirits. Glad to hear your experience, Keep at it!

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