So here’s what happened. Wednesday, I went to boot camp in the morning (go me!). Then, I played tennis that night (yay!). However, in the 5th game of tennis, I got a sharp pain in my left hip (just when my right hip was feeling better), right in front along the “panty line.” There was no real big movement that caused it or anything, but I limped the rest of the night. The next day, one would think the pain would have subsided. When it happened, it felt weird – like hitting your funny bone – or a jammed finger. I thought for sure I could “walk it off.” Yet, every 100 or so steps I took, there would be a sharp pain, and this carried over into Friday.
In addition to the so-called injury (I mean, nothing really happened; it just started hurting), I felt some of the normal aches and pains of boot camp, times about 5. In particular, I had some ankle pains and my bad knee throbbed. Heavy, heavy sigh.
Where I’ve landed with this: I picked up my workouts, over-did it, and ended up out of commission.
So. Frustrating. I may struggle with food above all else, but when it comes to workouts, I am ready to give it all I have and I feel like my body continually holds me back.
So, unable to work out, save equipment and places I don’t have ready access to, I did not work out Thursday, Friday, Saturday and as I write this, Sunday is still up in the air. I’m in the process of researching some other options for now. I’m sure that somewhere there is a lap pool, or one of those arm cycler things, that I can use, but as of Thursday, I didn’t have a little black book of such resources to call upon.
This got me thinking. My two main sources of exercise, tennis and boot camp, are both pretty high impact; demanding on the body if you will. And, though I love them both, when one or the other injures my body, I don’t have many options for lower-impact exercise while I recover. Even walking was a non option when I hurt my hip.
What’s a girl to do?
Well, I’m exploring gyms. Budget-wise, I can’t do tennis lessons AND boot camp AND the gym. I probably couldn’t find the time to get the value out of all three anyways. I was already contemplating a summer hiatus from tennis lessons just because of the heat, and my commitment to boot camp ends in three months (unless I have a medical reason to take a break… though I’d still need to finish out the 3 months once I’m better). All this to say, I have budget for a gym membership!
Friday, I visited three gyms, and then three others on Saturday. I plan to tell you allllll about it (such different experiences!), but the front-runner offers all kinds of classes, including rock walls, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. In addition to a pool (low impact!), they have all kinds of weight machines and cardio equipment, yoga, Pilates, spin, pump, pseudo ballet and more. There is even a dog-friendly path around a “lake.” Oh, and group swim IN the lake (it’s a quarry, filled with water, ya’ll). The price is comparable to boot camp and tennis lessons, so I could choose which to replace very easily. I’m pretty excited about this plan.