As I’ve been recovering from straining some ligaments in my foot, I haven’t been exercising very much at all. My yoga practice is not happening because that involves lots of foot work. I haven’t been huffing and puffing up the hiking trails and the biking I’ve done is pretty tame. I’ve just really wanted to heal completely so I thought I’d give my body some serious time off.
While it has been good for healing my foot, the rest of me is really feeling a difference.
I actually feel as if I’m aging–my muscles are tighter and achier than ever.
This goes along with a trend I see as a massage therapist. Most of the people who complain about chronic pain are those who have NOT been exercising.
Today, I got on my mountain bike and could feel my legs burning.
They were gasping for more Oxygen! One of the ratings of an athlete’s ability to utilize oxygen is the VO2max test. When you are fit and efficient, it is high. This means your body has the ability to utilize MORE oxygen. This is so key.
Our bodies are BUILT TO MOVE and when they don’t, they get dry and stiff and uninspired because there is no good stuff rushing through them!
Without the activities that increase the oxygen, we feel stiff, achey, irritable, and less than youthful. In the same way, the synovial fluid in our joints needs to be stimulated to stay lubricated and flexible.
Currently my mom is in a nursing home, getting some therapy to get her body moving again. Several months ago when her back and knees hurt too much, she just started lying in her bed all day. She could only sit for 10 minutes at a time. Her back hurt just to sit and her legs hurt along with it.
After assessing her current condition, she is now being told she has the muscle tone of a newborn baby!
She has a long way to go to get to feeling good again.
Let this example urge you forth into your life with a desire to move your body.
Keep it moving and enjoy it moving and it will continue to serve you as long as you live and love it fully!
We need to use our bodies in a way that challenges them. When we just walk through life with no vigorous movement, our bodies feel the lack of life and vitality. Your body deserves to move.
Simply, oxygen is life and a lack of it is a gasping for breath!
Oh–and the good news is my foot has healed completely and I am back to moving my body with vigor!
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can–don’t be afraid of it or what other people think about it, it is the greatest instrument you will ever own!