Sunday, October 23, 2011

Aches and pains

My right hip/butt/spine have been plaguing me with strange pains for the past few months. I have had inflammation issues for the past two years, so I attributed the pain to this and was trying to exercise/eat right through it. In a lot of ways, pain has kind of been a saviour - I am young enough to change my lifestyle for the better, and I regularly exercise and make a concerted effort to eat as Mediterranean as possible. Exercise is also so good for the pain that I experience (which usually stems from stress). Running, interval training, and light weights have been my go-tos.

I went to get a massage and apparently, the LEFT side of my sacrum is being a little *%#^er. Of course, it feels no pain, but the other side (perhaps to compensate) is in pain when I sit up, sit for too long, move in bed, etc. Walking is fine, by the way :) However, this was good news to be armed with - I always like to know what is wrong so that I can tackle it like any other problem.

Yesterday I signed up for a one-month subscription to My Yoga Online. My first bout with crazy inflammation left me unable to practice yoga, which has been a part of my life since the age of nine. Because the inflammation settled in my left shoulder and collarbone, I couldn't support myself in the most basic of yoga poses - this is where the weight training came in. My shoulder has settled down and is now armed with muscle, so I feel like I'm ready to integrate yoga into my exercise routine again.

I did this video, and I recommend it for runners, walkers, and anyone who uses their legs. I still went to sleep/woke up in pain, but I feel like this is going to be a big part of getting my spine and hips back to where they need to be. It is a full 45 minutes of hip and lower spine stretches. I'm excited to explore the other videos as well. (P.S. I am still going to see a doctor - after a two-week wait period, of course.)

Nike Women's Facebook page did a small feature on me for their Make Yourself Spotlight series a few months ago. Check out the story here and read about all of the other really inspiring young women who have used activity and exercise to work through crazy hurdles. 

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