By Tonya Mott, Director of Continuous Improvement
Well, it’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my success in finally getting my butt to the gym.
I’m proud to say that I’m still going and don’t see an end in sight!
The only concern I experienced for myself was about a month after I was consistently going and my left knee and right hip started hurting. It hurt to the point where I couldn’t jog on the treadmill or do a true leg workout. At first I kind of brushed it off and thought, oh it will go away, my body is just not used to working out so much. Then a week went by and another week with no change. By the end of week three there was no change and I was worried that I may need to go to the doctor.
I came home from a workout and my husband handed me his old knee brace and said, try this. I was thinking oh geez, am I really getting that old that I need to walk around the gym with a knee brace on. I figured oh well what could it hurt, I’ll give it a try.
I also bought myself a nice pair of running shoes at Skinny Raven. They have you get on the treadmill for a quick 15 seconds and are able to make a recommendation based on your running style and your arch.
The last thing I realized was that I wasn’t stretching or cooling down after my workout. I came across this article that offers tips on warmups (before workout) and stretching (after workout):
After all of these changes I’m happy to say that today is the first day in about 6 weeks that I was able to run on the treadmill and actually feel great during and after!