#keepingitreal, I feel like a broken record in regards to my easily injured knees, my desire to feel better in my skin, and the want/need/gotta do it approach to working out.
Age and weight gain have not been on my side lately, especially my knees. While I’m not giving myself excuses, it’s reality and I gotta make it work. Even the tiniest wrong move can make my knee scream…but I’m not letting it stop me. I am determined to make 2017 my year, and dammit, it will be.
*off my soap box*
Before I dive in, I am not certified in anything fitness-fancy — so if you are injured, be smart and visit a doctor or specialist if you know you need to. As for me, I know my body. I knew that I could still get a sweat session done if I did it smartly. yes, I did have to swallow my ego, but I made it work. Plus, I know I am not alone! Past injuries, pushing it just a little too hard, or even imbalance can throw us off. These few tips will not work for everyone, but they’re worth sharing.
disclaimer: thanks again to kt tape for providing me with a few rolls of their tape to use while I mend my knee. all opinions are my own.
step back. As I just said…swallow that ego. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate). Lessen up on the workouts. Do less during the week or weekend… Add in an epsom salt bath. Rest. Be smart — see a doctor/specialist if necessary.
modifications. Every instructor knows them, just ask! Throwing out some props to the handsome Brad at Viking Fitness (along with the rest of his crew). Viking Fitness, located in Tampa, is a boot camp style of workout; allowing me to get some cardio but lift weights. While I can do most of the workouts, there are easy modifications to everything that make the moves easier on my knee, and allow me to walk normal the next day! #limpinisntfun
Plus, thanks to the awesome-sauce of Peerfit, I have options. Tampa folks, they’re here! Other cities, check here and you may surprised!
kt tape. If you haven’t tried it — you are missing out. And even if you don’t have a serious *ouch*. But really, it works wonders and doesn’t leave you with any red marks or irritation. Easy to apply, isn’t bulky like a brace, and the PRO does last! There are numerous places it can be purchased; check out here for how to properly apply it.
plus… they now that this nifty tape ‘X’ tape for more targeted relief. Personally, this did not work for my knees, but was great for a pesky calf pain or back tension.
epsom salt rub on. this is heaven in a jar. I’m weird and feel like I’m wasting so much time taking a bath. I could bring in my laptop in, but OMG if it teetered and fell in. This is an epsom salt bath in the form of a gel — rub it on and get on with your day. Plus, unlike something similar… it gives you the cooling sensation you want without the burn your eyes out in case you don’t wash your hands immediately after. *more info coming soon on where you can purchase.*
lift weights. smartly. Although my bottom half is weak, doesn’t mean I should ignore the top half — and vice versa. Or, if you are able, lift the area that doesn’t feel so hot but at a lower weight.
Have you been in the same boat as me? What did you do to still get your workouts done?
Comment below with what modifications you’ve done for a chance to win a roll of KT Tape!
Great post 🙂 Coming out of pregnancy (and of course during) I had to do a lot of modifying! Even now, getting back in to running again, I can feel my age now in my knees. They creek in some yuck-tastic ways 😉 On the other hand, barre has been a GREAT way to ease back into everything, while aiding flexibility, increasing endurance, & helping with muscle tone.
I was rear ended in the beginning of the month and my back and neck have been bothering me. Chiro wants me to ice and do epsom salt baths, but like you I feel like I’m not getting anything done in the bath. I need to check out the topical one.
In regards to modifications, I’m supposed to be running 2.5 miles tonight but I’m going to take the day off and listen to my body.
I’ve also used it tape for my knee in the past and love it! It’s helped me get through a few half marathons!