Where should this hurt?

When You Don’t LOVE your Exercise Anymore

It’s been nearly two months since you resolved to get fit and be the best version of you. You had the best intentions. You went to the studio, gym, and trainer.  But then your knee started to bother you. Or maybe it was your foot, your hip or shoulder. And the whole program didn’t seem so great anymore. The motivation to move is gone. It’s easy to become a couch potato.

What symptoms indicate that you need to Physical Therapist? If you have pain while you’re at rest, pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night, or pain that lasts more than three days, it may be time to see a PT.

“It’s normal to have muscle soreness twenty-four to forty-eight hours after exercise. If that soreness maintains the same intensity, and does not get any better seventy-two hours later, then you need to see a PT.”

One thing to try first is to take an Epsom salt bath.  Then when you next exercise, do a workout that is less intense. Walk instead of run. Lift weights that are less poundage.

Also cross training at least once a week. When you’re sore, if it’s purely muscle soreness from doing your thing too hard or too long, you want to do something that moves in a different way. Go through the range of motion for your joints, in a restorative rolling class, or a Pilates class.”

Pilates classes create better movement. Pilates works on awareness of your body movement, working on the local stabilizing muscles. When we workout, we work the large global muscles—the ones that take you from Point A to Point B. We need the local stabilizing muscles to maintain the body in alignment so that the global muscles can do their job.

Besides working the local stabilizing muscles, Pilates works on balance. Balance is twofold—so that you don’t fall over, and balance in the body to decrease asymmetries. When one side is stronger than the other, your body will tend to use the stronger side.

You might hear “No Pain No Gain” at some gyms. Pain is an indication that we’ve chosen a poor movement strategy. Pilates is never supposed to hurt.

It’s hard to love any exercise that hurts.  Find exercise that you can enjoy and have fun while doing it. That way it’s not a task that you are dreading. There’s a lot of research on emotions. Negative emotions attached to something mean that we will have a negative experience.

Book a discovery session with our PT to try to find the source of your pain and get pain free