A workout? On The Healthy Maven? No, you’re not in the wrong place…Believe it or not I still have an interest in fitness. Obviously my leg and back injury has been a major deterrent when it comes to exercise but despite dealing with this for almost a year now I’ve still managed to find ways to move my body.
According to my masseuse, Raymond I have some serious trigger points in my back and hip, which is likely the cause of my chronic pain. Even though he almost made me cry from torture my man Raymond really is a god with his hands. After my first session I felt infinitely better. Of course being me I was an idiot and thought I was healed so I went to the gym and did a crazy Nike Training Club workout. It was either all of the jump-squats or my shameless twerking which caused most of the pain to come back…whomp whomp.
Raymond explained to me that these things take time and even if I’m feeling better it doesn’t mean I should start whipping out my Miley Cyrus moves. He put me under strict orders to keep both feet planted at all times. No jumping and obviously no running for me. While I enjoy lifting weights and yoga, 6 months off of running has clearly taken it’s toll on my endurance. We’re talking breathless at the top of 3 flights of stairs. So despite my aversion to the stationary bike (or elliptical, or stair master, or most forms of cardio equipment) I sat myself down on that chair and worked up a sweat.
Since I have the attention span of a 3 year old I had to keep things interesting with some intervals. I’m not going to lie, I was dying at the end of this workout. But I did it and I finished the entire thing with no pain! For my 20 seconds fast I made sure to keep my pace over 100 RPM. I set my low resistance at 8, my medium resistance at 10 and my high resistance at 12. These are what worked for me but everyone is different. Have fun!