Tuesday, November 28, 2017
As I've returned to the gym and "regular" workouts, it's been great to feel things coming back. Doing what I could this past year is making this process a bit easier than I expected - while I still have a lot of lost ground to make up for, on the other hand, it hasn't sucked as much as I thought it would. My body is still in a bit of a rebellion, but is rebounding a bit faster than I had expected. The workouts are going well, and my leg has been holding up through them quite well.
The issue I've discovered, however, is that even if my workout is fine, I can still end up overdoing things as far as my leg is concerned. I've found out the hard way that I still need to balance my workouts and what I will be doing the rest of the day. If I'm looking at a long day of being on my feet a lot, then I probably need to back off on, or skip altogether, working out at the gym. If I'm going to my M-F job and will be at my desk, or have the option throughout the day to sit and rest my leg as it needs it, then working out is fine.
There is a fine line, however, between pushing it enough and over doing it as I discovered this past week. I headed to the gym for a workout, then off to my part time job. I ended up being on my feet most of the day, tromping around on cement floors. That, combined with the workout, was a bit too much. One or the other okay, but not both. I even tried a light workout, with a heavier focus on my upper body - it wasn't as bad, but still a tad over the limit.
Good thing at this point is my leg does rebound fairly quickly, and I'm aware when I've pushed it a bit too hard. It does warn me when things are getting to be too much, unfortunately, work is not always so forgiving...so I'm having to learn to balance these things and figure out where that line is. As progress is made, that line is going to move, so there's going to be an on-going balancing act the next several months as I continue to move forward in my rehab.