The last few weeks or so have been filled with both emotional and physical difficulties. I’ve been suffering with low-level depression for a while now, and the time of year is not really helping. This is the “cabin fever” time of year, and my crankiness shows! Luckily, we’ve had a few days of sun (and mud!) so that I’ve been able to turn my face to the sun and inhale it for all I’m worth. So, there is that positive note.
Last week while working out my back seized up on itself, and decided to just give me a little reminder that yes, there are muscles there, and if they want to, they can hurt me! It’s been a “bump in the road”, but as I lay on the floor looking up at the ceiling, I had a thought. Why is it that when we have muscle spasms in our backs we’re told to stay still and give it time to heal, but when we get spasms in our legs we’re told to take it easy, but not to get off our feet? So, since I get these little reminders every once in a while, I decided to get up off the floor and finish out my workout. I did that, in a very controlled way, and have been doing my regular workouts every day since. Have I injured my back further? The answer is no, I haven’t. However, I’ve noticed that it’s getting better much faster than it usually does when I stop working out. I have been very careful, and I do not force anything. My Sun Salutations are done very slowly, and carefully, since bending over pulls at those muscles. I don’t push it, and just do what I can. Have I been wrong in the past to just stop working out until my back feels better? Well, from how quickly I seem to be coming back (pun!) from this difficulty, I guess that I’d have to say that I was wrong to just stop.
One of things that I’ve learned from this little experiment is that I have rotten posture. I’ve found that if I sit up nice and straight, my back is very happy. It’s amazing to me how much I slouch. I guess my mother was right after all! How do you handle back problems? Let me know in the comments below.