You hear and read it all the time, listen to your body.
An ache here, a pain there, a little bit sore – no big deal. I think most athletes and individuals who workout, get into the mindset that you need to push through the pain, or the pain only exists in your mind. Most of the time it is in your mind, but sometimes…… you may have pushed too hard. Which is what I think I did. Damn-it.
During a kickboxing class a few days ago, I noticed an unfamiliar hurt around my knee as I knee’d the bag as quickly and hard as I could for a minute straight. I knew after 10 seconds, but I kept going. This is the point at which I should have stopped. I think we always know, as with most things in life. You just know.
The soreness hasn’t gone away and I’m afraid of making it worse. I’ve been told to ice it, and I decided it’s time for a break. I like taking a step back and looking at situations to see what I can see differently. In this case, I’ve realized that my whole leg hasn’t been up to par lately. The foot has been tight, shin has been sore, hamstring and quads are tight….the signs were there. I’ve been going too hard and not warming up and stretching enough. I want to be healthy and fit, but am I really doing myself a benefit if I’m not listening to my body when it’s talking?
I’m going to take a week off from any running, jumping, pounding or leg extensions then I’ll ease back into it.
This post is just a gentle reminder to; listen to your body, pay attention to signs, and take a break every once in a while. p.s This can be carried into other aspects of our lives