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One thing about getting older that I never expected, although I was warned about it, is that there is less recovery and rebounding from injuries. I’m not saying I’ve ever been accident prone, but pain was never a part of my life when I was younger. I knew aches and pains if I stubbed my toe, or had my famous “once a year” headache! Yes! I was that lucky.
In fact, I’d always been a bit smug about my levels of pain because I have never truly felt back pain, but most of my loved ones have. I’m not smug anymore! I started working out for the first time in my life in 2016. I was so proud of myself, but I went too fast and too soon, and I didn’t consider the ways to be active and NOT hurt yourself. Not only that, it’s what can happen to your body even when you’re not exercising. You could be on a break from it, or just in recovery time on an off day.
I can get sore or even injure myself by the way I hold my phone too much, or by putting wear and tear on my wrists and shoulders at my computer, day after day. When I don’t stretch adequately and when I do too many repetitive motions. There’s also lack of circulation, and lack of circuLATING. All of this matters. And this is also when I’m NOT exercising!
A few years ago, I had the kids on some sort of spring outing and I figured I didn’t need my phone because they were both with me. That happened to be the one time my husband needed me the most. While going for a lunch hour run, he slipped on a curb and landed on his left shoulder. He’s a tall guy and the impact was instant. We didn’t know what had happened at first, but I raced to the hospital with my little one on my lap to meet Cassidy there. It turned out to be a separated shoulder – and a severe one. Between an ankle injury from his past, and this newer injury, my husband knows life with chronic pain.
When I first started barre workout classes early last year, I did too many too soon, and I also didn’t stretch adequately. I didn’t prepare my body before working out, and I didn’t use my recovery time to continue to build muscle and stay limber. I pulled a muscle in my stomach so painfully, that I thought I was having problems with my appendix. While I do regret what I did, all I can do now is move forward and not make that mistake again. I’ll never be a personal trainer or a marathon runner, but I know how to be a busy working parent who also works out! Our personal fitness stories are still unfolding as we speak.
1 – Use Curamin® Stop Pain Now. Curamin® is the award winning pain relief product that has provided life changing benefits for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, and the clinically studied ingredients in their formula are carefully selected for safe pain relief. Curamin® is the #1 selling brand with 28 awards and counting in the industry! That’s because it’s safe, effective and non-addictive. It doesn’t just mask occasional pain – it gets to the source and stops it.
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Curamin® is my family’s first line of defense against chronic pain. It helps us all have a better life that includes playing with our kids, having pain-free work days (important!), having better peace-of-mind, and regular exercise. Speaking of which:
2 – Stretching should be a 1st line of defense after exercise because exercising contracts your muscles and they need to be lengthened again after a workout. This will help with mobility and recovery. The kind of stretching depends on muscles used.
3 – Use a foam roller. This is a good way to massage my muscles after a workout – spending extra time on sore spots.
4 – Don’t just foam roll your sore spots – massage them too!
5 – Eat for recovery. I remember the first time I truly worked out and then I called my fit sister and said, “Well, what do I eat now?” At the time I ate a protein bar and a banana – looking to get enough healthy proteins, carbs and fats. When you’re not working out, you still want to eat with the intention to repair and maintain your muscles. This helps with soreness.
6 – Sink into a bath or jacuzzi! Personally, I’d use a jacuzzi with jets every time, but that’s not always possible. What IS possible is using this powerful recovery tool between workouts. Note, this is between workouts and not right after one.
7 – Ice those muscles! Now I know I mentioned warmth above, but the timing is different. The heat therapy is for in between workouts. The ice is for immediately after a rigorous workout. This can help prevent inflammation and also pain.
8 – Keep your body moving. Many workouts and classes will have a recovery workout at the end. This is good! This is designed to prevent or reduce sore muscles. That’s also why people cool off with walking after they run.
9 – There are also topical ointments that you can rub on muscles to relieve soreness and work toward recovery.
10 – Hydration. Of course I saved the most important ones for #1 and #10. Your muscles need water! Give them water!