In my quest for life-long learning this week, I’ve decided, through trial and error, that I’m not getting any younger. I know this because of an injured hip.
I’ve always been active. I love the feeling after exercise; it’s like I’m clean on the inside. Blood is racing through my body. Exercise is the best medicine, I often quote, but how much is too much? When young, I was a swimmer and taught swimming at the Y, managed Champlin Pool here in town and taught water exercise. I taught classes all over town and even at home pools. In the evenings after supper in good weather, the kids and I would walk, or I would jog in an effort to keep my weight down. I still walk my dog in good weather and exercise at the Y. I’ve had two (eekkk!) back surgeries, but still I work out. I know better than to sit down in a rocking chair now that I’ve retired.
Then I hurt my hip back in the fall just by squatting (not leaning over) and picking up a small thing off the floor. My hip has been yelling at me ever since. Some nights after coming in from my core strength class at the Y, I had shooting pains all the way to my ankle and knew it was a nerve being pinched. I finally got tired of the pain and went to the doctor. An x-ray was performed. No, it is not broken, cracked, or anything serious (unless you count the excruciating pain). He said I had calcium deposits from an old injury and to take this medicine, massage the area and pretend it didn’t hurt. Sigh. I didn’t hope for something serious, but somehow this didn’t seem like anything worth going to the doctor over. But the anti-inflammatory I’m now taking orally seems to be helping. I massage the area that hurts. I think it is getting better.
I think next week instead of core strength, I’ll just use the treadmill and weights at the Y and give the hip time to rest. The moves in the class are making it worse and it needs time to heal. But still I will move. Not moving is the worst thing I could do.
So, what have you learned this week? Do you listen to your body and try to help it? Tell me what you think.
Peggy, have you ever done Pilates or tried a Silver Sneakers core strength class? The Silver Sneakers class I take has a great philosophy for folks 65 and older… and is geared for more “real life movement”. After a bad bout with sciatica these have helped me alot! And a great PT never hurts either. 😉
The Core Strength class used to be Pilates and gravitated towards other things. The Y does have a Silver Sneakers class. I’d thought about PT. It would probably do the trick. I’ll see what the doctor says.
I found in one year, the aging of my body to be alarming. The rigorous demands of exercise programs do not seem to fit this senior citizen, but I know I have to get up and move. I am determined to try something simple at first .
Just moving is the key, Martha!