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Kinks in the exquisite machine

I decided to take a week off from working out to try and let my body rest and recover. I've been sore for a weirdly long time, specifically in the joints, in my wrists, ankles, and knees. It's started to make me nervous, like I'm really wrecking my body. I work out pretty hard, and I've heard so many stories of, like, runners who wear out their knees from the impact. I mean, I've only been running outside for like two years now, two miles three times a week, so you'd think it hasn't been long enough to have already have destroyed my joints, so maybe I'm being ridiculous. I'm so spoiled, probably. I'm so used to a pain-free body that any pain at all makes me think I must be cataclysmically breaking down.

But just to give them a chance to heal, I'm taking the week off. Of course I'm nervous about ever letting up, but maybe I should just go back to the serious diet for that seven days just to make sure. It'd be nice to reset my system, though I've been so lax lately that it'd probably be a real struggle-- the old exquisite machine has been crying out for sugar lately. But I don't want to mess up the good thing I've got going lately.

I think I should probably do something chill, though. Maybe a stretching routine. I've also been weirdly tight in the Achilles tendons, and of course my knees are always stiff as boards unless I'm actively, aggressively working on them. Maybe that would help with the joint pain too. I'm not a big fan of yoga, due to said tight knees, but stretching would help.

*Sigh* It makes me miss ballet. I haven't been to classes in like a year, because it always seems to coincide with Hawking rehearsals. But I really liked doing it, and it helped improve that flexibility. Maybe I should check the schedule-- and the budget --and see if it might be possible to go back.


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Oct. 3rd, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
You may have runner's knee. Might be worth it to stretch out your calves and IT band and do compensatory muscle exercises (especially for your quads) during the week off. Look up "physical therapy exercises runner's knee". Good luck!
Oct. 3rd, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, I'll try it!
Oct. 4th, 2016 05:20 am (UTC)
One thing that you may want to be cautious of is the female athlete triad. Often women who are very careful with their eating habits and work out a lot don't take in enough calories for the repair that is needed after the exercise and send their bodies into semi-starvation mode (this is particularly more common in women for both biological and social reasons). Bodies in this mode do not repair damage well, and in the long-term it can lead to all sorts of issues (including bone loss, muscle weakness, and, paradoxically, weight gain).

Just a thing to be careful of. Repairing takes energy.
Oct. 7th, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
I struggle enormously with figuring out what the right amount for me to eat is. I feel like I eat a lot, as I have a big appetite, but because I'm so concerned about weight and stuff I worry I don't have an accurate perception of what's "eating a lot." But then I worry about letting myself go too far in the other direction too. Not sure what the best way to figure it out is!
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