Thursday, July 22, 2010
I'm on "rest duty," having been put there by my husband. He made me swear not to walk outside or to do any exercises for the next few days because I've been having some pain in my new hip joint. He wants to see, (rightly so) if it diminishes or goes away with rest. It's true that I HAVE really been pushing it hard. I only had the hip replacement less than two months ago, and already I've been running and walking 19 minute miles (up some very steep hills).
I've never been one to let pain stand in the way of my doing something I want to do...and so on days when I'm hurting I just push through it. However, the pain has become more persistent and bothersome in my hip, so I do think it's time to look into what is causing it. Is it overuse? Or is the infection I have beginning to invade the prosthesis? Or is it something else entirely? Because obviously, I am voting for "choice #1" I think I'd better take his advice before what may only be a strain issue, becomes something more major.
This, of course, is very frustrating because I was just beginning to see some changes in my level of endurance and also some good changes in my body as a result of the work outs I've been doing. I need to think carefully now, how I can hold on to those advantages, maybe not make new progress, but at least not to lose the progress I've already made. I've been trying to be a little more active just in terms of maintaining my house and today I have an opportunity to go swimming. Believe me, my plan is to exercise as much as possible while in the water, because that will not hurt my joints nearly as much as running or walking or even yoga.
I'd love to hear any other ideas you guys might have regarding how I might maintain muscle tone and burn fat while on "layaway"...please feel free to share them.