I am always recovering from some sort of injury.
For example, after I ran in the Run4NYC 5K, I hurt the top of my foot.
Running. I hurt the top of my foot. I didn’t even know that was possible. I am going to have to learn how to tie my shoes properly.
For about a week after the run, I could not flex my foot or put pressure on the top of my foot because it hurt so badly. However, I could walk on it just fine.
Weirdest. Foot pain. Ever.
I’m not sure how I could have avoided that bizarre foot injury, but I know I can avoid future injuries and everyday pains and extreme soreness by making it a priority to take care of my body before, during and after a workout.
Two fitness bloggers explain how to fix the most common workout mistakes on The Greatist, a health and fitness website. Here are a two of the mistakes I make, and how I plan to fix them.
Workout Mistake: No workout order.
When I go to the gym, if I am not going to a class, I usually just jump on the treadmill or hit the weight room without a real plan… or at least without a really good plan.
The Greatist article recommends finding a program to follow, and, while no program is perfect, it is best to find a program that works for you. So you might have to try a few, but the article also recommends avoiding program hopping…
Maybe they mean to find a plan you like, and then stick to it even if you don’t see results right away, which was another workout mistake.
Several health and fitness websites put together workout programs for all types of programs: from spinning to gym-free. Fitness bloggers across the web also share their favorite workouts.
Here are a few of my favorite places to find workout programs:
- Corrie Anne (plus you get to see super cute puppies in almost every post)
- The Lean Green Bean
- Women’s Health Magazine
Workout Mistake: Doing cardio before weight training.
I always run before I weight train. Always.
Apparently, I am wrong.
According to the article, cardio before weight training will tax the body so it cannot perform high-intensity weight lifting properly.
These are not the only workout mistakes I make. I also fail to perform a proper warm-up and cool down, and I am a notoriously terrible stretcher.
I have a lot of work to do when I get back to the gym, which might not be for a while…
I hurt myself again after my foot healed. However, my most recent injury was not caused by an exercise of any kind; it was caused by my own extreme clumsiness.
I fell down the stairs, landed on my hip and pinched a nerve in my butt.
Yeah. I am awesome.