Thursday, 16 May 2013

Back on the wagon

About three weeks ago, I pulled a muscle in my lower back while doing strenuous exercise. Until then, I had never had a back injury before. It hurt like hell. Even just trying to make the bed brought me to tears. This injury occurred in the middle of my 10 week training for my second half marathon. With great disappointment, I had to accept that I would not be able to run as planned.

After my injury, I took it easy for a couple days but was getting really frustrated with not being able to do anything active. I decided to continue with some light yoga.

The physical calmness and peace of mind that came to me through yoga helped me to accept my injury.

I started doing yoga more and more often, and came to love it. It was also heeling my back injury nicely, but I was still a little crippled.

Not too long after I hurt back and was just getting into yoga, I had to get a skin biopsy done on my wrist. This was a lot more painful than I was anticipating and took me out of my yoga practice for two weeks.

It was very frustrating. I couldn’t run because of my back injury, and I couldn’t do yoga because of my wrist. I felt defeated and frustrated.

Finally, as of yesterday, my recovery is well underway and I was able to do both weight training and yoga. I have some catching up to do on my running.

It felt so good do something positive for myself and my body, and made me really realize how much I missed being active and releasing those ‘happy hormones.’ And while my injuries were very minor, they really helped me to appreciate my health, mobility and strength more than ever. It’s amazing how much of who we are a person is related what our bodies allow us to do.

Treat your body right, and value its worth:
·         Drink water.  
·         Move.
·         Eat your fruits and veggies.
·         Be thankful for what you have and know that you are beautiful.