I wanted to share with you my experience going for a hike the other day, and why it was such a great feeling… even though I totally overdid it.
This is maybe something that people who’ve had SI joint dysfunction, or have been injured for a long period of time, will understand.
So Tuesday was my lower-body strength training day. I have been meaning to share more of my routine with you guys, and I definitely have more info about that coming up!
For now I’ll just explain that a big part of my lower-body workout days involves isometric glute squeezes, sometimes bridges, and a lot of core work involving the transverse abdominis muscle. I also do exercises to work the other muscles of the leg, such as the quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles.
So anyway, on Tuesday I did my regular lower-body routine, and then yesterday, on my way home from running an errand, I stopped to take a stroll through my favorite woods.
And you guys, I totally overdid it. But I’m still really happy about what happened.
I am a real nature lover… I feel totally at home in the woods. I got in there and the sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the birds were chirping… for a moment, I forgot about everything that’s going on in the world (minus, of course, the face mask I keep for those moments when the trail gets too narrow!).
I felt so strong, going up hills, down into the little valleys… like my old high school self who used to get lost in the woods for hours.
Everything was great until the moment when the major glute workout I’d done the day before hit me. Oh no, I thought. I didn’t really factor this in.
I was already about 30 minutes into the woods, of course, so I really had to pace myself for the walk back out.
By the end, my glutes were practically shaking– you know the way muscles tremble when they just have nothing else left to give?
So, of course… I shouldn’t write this without clarifying that I absolutely don’t recommend purposefully overdoing your workouts, or pushing your muscles to the point of complete exhaustion.
But you know what was so amazing about this experience for me?
It was because I felt like my old self. For once, I didn’t have to worry about going out of alignment… it was actually about my level of fitness, and what my actual muscles could do. This is something that happens to normal people… they do an intense workout and then realize it probably wasn’t the best idea to try to go hiking the next day.
For so long, I was completely unable to even take a chance of walking for too long in the woods… or really, to even walk in the woods at all. Some days it was painful even just to walk a few feet.
So to have this experience really felt like being me… old school Christy.
To be able to have that leeway and not have to be so cautious… to find my limits but have it actually be okay. No catastrophe. Yes, my legs were shaking by the time I got back to my car, but it was fine. I rested on the drive back and by the time I got home, I pretty much felt fine. I simply realized I would have to take it easy the next day or so.
And today I feel fine… I just know today had better be one of my rest days!
Does that make sense? I feel like you guys will get it.
After everything I’ve been through, it was a little “snapshot” of reality that made me realize just how far I’d come.
So much can become possible, when you learn to stabilize your SI joints and strengthen the muscles that support them.
I am really looking forward to sharing more of this with you, including future posts that explain my exercise routine in more detail, because I know so many of you are curious for more details