Monday, July 20, 2009

Avoiding injury

Buck says the best way to avoid injury is to get plenty of sleep.
The root of my physical problems is my flat feet. They have caused me problems my entire life. The pain starts in my feet. You start to compensate by changing your walk. That causes your ankles to hurt. Then you knees, then your hips, and then your back. After years, a few minutes of standing becomes excruciating.

I haven't been able to get much exercise since my last foot operation. I just about recovered from it when I pulled something shovelling snow. It took two years to get over it and I still have pain on days when I over exert myself. Looking back at it objectively, I shouldn't have
been shovelling snow just yet.

Once the doctors eliminated any serious problems as a source of my pain, the diagnosis was an inflamed nerve. I managed to get over my injury by remaining sedentary. Now that the pain is mostly gone, I've been easing back into activity. In my younger days, I wouldn't call this exercise. It wouldn't even call it a warm up.

Every week I plan to add another exercise. I'm starting with stretches and calisthenics. The plan is to be back to lifting weights by Thanksgiving. I hope this will prevent a new injury. I guess we'll find out.


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