Listen to Your Body to Avoid Injury

Over the past week, I hit a wall due to some female issues and hormonal issues that are getting worse with age. I’ve scheduled a doctor’s appointment in the coming weeks so I can get these issues in check because I want NOTHING to get in the way of my fitness goals.

I did go to the gym towards the end of the week and did some fantastic cardio (row machine, Jacob’s ladder, treadmill), did some kettlebell work, triceps rope pushdowns, and cable curls, along with a few reps of free weights to work my arms. Overall, I felt amazing once I was done. 

The next day, I knew I wanted to work my legs and I was going to coerce my son to go to the gym with me, but then I thought better. Instead, I took us skating. Now at first I thought this would just work my legs, but as I was out there on the floor I could feel my abs and back muscles engaging as well as my shoulder muscles. It ended up being a full body workout and we had a blast! 

Mind you, I did fall a few times trying to teach myself to skate backwards and turn circles; I even landed in a full on split one time, but it was worth it.

Well, it was until later on last night and this morning. I can barely move! We spent almost an hour and a half in full skate mode and my out of shape body is paying the price today. And that’s part of my problem—I don’t know when to say when. 

I could tell I was wearing out and that last time I fell, as soon as it happened, I knew I could have prevented it by calling it a day twenty minutes sooner. It is tricky for me to find the balance between “mind over muscle” and listening to my body. 

Sometimes I do need to convince myself to just do one more squat or one more dumbbell lift. But when my body is shaking, my low back is throbbing, my feet are nearly bleeding (the skates were low quality), my knee is swelling from landing on it numerous times, and my hamstrings and quadriceps are feeling like jelly, then I know I’ve pushed it too far. 

So today was definitely rest day. And tomorrow, depending on how I’m feeling, instead of high cardio and lots of weights, it may be a Pilates or yoga day. One thing I am learning is to pay close attention to my body; this way, I will avoid injury and continue to grow stronger. 


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