I’ve gained 30 pounds while we were on lockdown during Covid. I mean the gyms and the rec center, let alone anything was opened. I couldn’t even go hiking. I got lazy, and got some well deserved rest. I mean my life is hectic. It was a nice break.
I’m 200 pounds and not happy about it.
I’ve changed my eating habits recently, and I started working out almost every day.
When I had my second born, I lost 80 pounds after she was born. I was only 25 years old. I just threw myself into working out and it didn’t phase me. I told myself that I needed to do this. I just started jogging, and doing intense cardio. I was motivated then, and I am motivated now.
Here is the catch. I am nearly 40 years old! Things are not the same! I am also a caregiver in assited living, and I have to lift these residents. One weights as much as I do. It’s doing a number on my body. Also arthritis runs in my family. My Mom is in her 60’s, and she is almost crippled by it.
So this morning my leg had a horrific pain, on the top of my thigh. It wasn’t a cramp, I probably pulled a muscle. I stretched it out. I never had pain like this in my life. I couldn’t believe it, I guess I thought I was invisible. I have a high pain tolerance. It takes a lot for me to complain. This pain was comparable to child birth. I made it to 7 cm dilated, before I had an epidural and my husband said I didn’t show any sign of pain. I also got ran over by a truck on my knee when I was 11. I am tough, and really don’t complain. But today, I couldn’t believe how painful!
I definitely have the motivation to work out and lose weight, but I need to ease into it. I need to remember to warm up, cool down and stretch. I am not a Spring chicken anymore. I am a busy working Mom, and I have a hard time fitting a workout into my schedual, so I just do my workout in a hurry. I am going to have to have a different approach before I end up hurt and not able to work. I cannot afford that.
Importance of warming up before you work out: Not warming up your muscles before you workout leads to a sports injury which includes, sprains, and bruises. Start slow when warming up and then increase the intensity. Examples of warming up are marching or taking a 5-10 minuets brisk walk. A warm up gets your blood flowing to your muscles and gets you ready to work out. It also prevents muscle soreness, and injury.
Cool down: Cooling down helps your body recover from the work out. To cool down, you can walk slowly, or exercise slowly for 10 minuets.
Stretching: Stretching is very beneficial. I have back pain, and stretching helps so much. I believe I wouldn’t even be employed at my job, if I didn’t stretch. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible. It also increases the movement of your muscles. It brings blood flow to the muscles, decreases tightness, and decreases sports injury.
This little bump in the road is not going to stop me from losing weight, and being heathier.