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Walking is on hold

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm feeling pretty sad - I went to the doctor the other day to ask about hip pain. From all of my reading, I pretty much knew this was hip bursitis. So, I've stopped all my walking (deliberate of course - we all still have to walk) and decided that I'm not going to try to train for that half marathon. I'm pretty slow - around 4 hours. I did this twice last year, but afterwards I really hurt. Tight hip flexors, horrible pain at night. I think I have had this chronically for the last several years. I wanted to walk as my main form of exercise - it was so simple and it cleared my head. But I'm so tired of hurting at night. I can't lay on either side for very long without pain. I am so stiff when I sit for very long periods and it takes a bit to work that stiffness out.

This week I started doing yoga, and Ellen Barrett's pilates/dance flow routines. I have felt a lot better. Tonight I was wondering if I still wanted to wear my fitbit even. It made me feel sad, because of the numbers. I see myself going further and further down my leaderboard list. This is when it's bad to compare yourself to others.

I will press on with strength training, pilates and yoga. I'm going to PT in a couple of weeks - hopefully I can get some answers from them.

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  • CAT125
    Listen to your body! emoticon
    1955 days ago
    Hope the PT works out, emoticon
    1959 days ago
    I am glad you are listening to your body and giving it the rest it needs. Perhaps these other exercises will improve your quality of life for the long run. Start looking for other NSV to celebrate other than the fitbit. I concur with SHARON about water aerobic if you have access to that. emoticon
    1961 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Know your pain as I had severe degenerative arthritis in right hop which ultimately required hip replacement. If you have access to a pool, water aerobics is a terrific alternative, and can really get your heart rate up. Plus it reduces the weight on your joints by at least 50%. I highly recommend it as it helped me keep what little range of motion and flexibility I had pre-op, and helped me to get muscles back in shape and heal quicker post-op -so much so that I went on to become an AEA certified water aerobics instructor so I could help others.
    1961 days ago
    It is always a good thing to change your workouts so that you do not overdo a certain exercise. Sounds like you have a great game plan. With that said, it is a Special Sunday so keep on keeping on! You are a winner for certain. emoticon
    1961 days ago
    Sorry to hear you are having problems. I was having some pain also but I wasn't pushing myself as hard as you are. My Dr. said I needed to slow down a bit so I am taking his advice. I am still reaching my goal of 8500 steps daily but I get them by taking three relatively short walks instead of trying to get them all in at once.
    Hope you get relief soon so that you can resume with your plan. emoticon emoticon
    1961 days ago
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