Monday, May 6, 2013

What I'm Learning ~ Fitness Talk

What good are mistakes if we can't learn from them, right?
I should be really wise based on the mistakes I make :)  I've made several in my fitness routine that I thought I'd share with you.

Several weeks into P90X I'm figuring out some stuff.  I do the warm-ups and cool-downs for each session, but today is the first time I've done the entire X-Stretch session.  Our bodies need time to recuperate, and X-Stretch is a fantastic way to take care of them.  Why it took me so long to figure this out, I don't know.

Another issue is a sluggish feeling that I couldn't shake after working out so hard.  I'm talking dragging-my-tail tired.  I assumed I knew the answer, but turns out I didn't have a clue.  I talked to my awesome coach about it, and she suggested more protein the night before since I work out super early in the morning.  I also talked to my oldest kiddo, Mr. Personal Trainer, and he told me I need to rebuild muscular cell structure following explosive workouts, and the answer to that is simple carbs.  So eating an apple or other fruit immediately after workouts has made all the difference!

I've suffered from low back pain for years, and I could use it as an excuse not to work out, but instead I'm working around the injury.  I'm really careful with my back, and I discovered today that stretching is a great way to take care of it.

I also have a bum shoulder.  No idea what happened to it, but it's bothered me for almost a year.  I was concerned I might really injure it when I started working out, but I paid close attention to it, and now I'm getting more range of motion, and it's getting better every week!

I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all :)

I'm really excited to have the 10-Minute Trainer too for those days when the schedule doesn't allow a regular workout!  I'll let ya' know how that goes.



God has given me one body; it's my responsibility to take care of it.

2 comments:

Wendy said...

Not sure if this is what you have but I know this happened to me so I thought I would pass it along. I took up running and for the first few months I felt more energy and then I started to feel sluggish, foggy, and just plain tired. Running did not make me feel better. Turns out I had used up all my iron and vit D stores. Might be what is happening to you so it might be a good idea to have blood work done. I really got sick and it took me a while to get back to feeling good. Would hate for that to happen to you which is why I am sharing this. Good luck!

Amy Shaw said...

I love you so much, Connie! Thanks for sharing your journey. It helps all of us! :)

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