Working Through Aches and Pains

The last few weeks of working out have been inconsistent at best due to my constantly dodgy lower back.  I can remember having pain in my lower back pop up since I was in high school.  I always just dealt with it until it went away.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that my boss at the time convinced me (or ordered me, it depends how you look at it) to go to the chiropractor.  After a week of very heavy snowfall and a lot of shoveling I couldn’t stand up straight and was having trouble walking.  After an adjustment or two I was feeling great and a believer in chiropractic care.

I also found that when I go consistently my migraine headaches are reduced in both intensity and frequency.  Unfortunately, I have not been going regularly these past few months and my headaches and back pain have been back.  Once again, just dealing with it was not working.  Over the past few weeks I have visited my chiropractor twice and my back is feeling much better.

During the last few weeks while my back has been at it’s worst, I tried to get some type of workout in each day.  I focused on lower intensity rides on the Schwinn Airdyne and rowing.  These really helped to loosen my back up.

Any time I have an injury, headache or an illness I always wonder if I should train.  Unless it is really bad most times I do.  This time it was especially frustrating because I have been making good progress lately, getting stronger and better conditioned each month.

I believe I dealt with the back pain very well and found a good balance.  Most days over those few weeks I concentrated on lower intensity conditioning.  This allowed me to continue working towards one of my goals while not causing further injury.  In fact, I believe it helped me heal quicker by helping to keep my back loose.  When I did feel well enough to lift I made sure to wear my weight belt (I don’t always wear it; although I should) and I really focused on my form.

As I get older I am more aware of the necessity of training smarter.  I wish I had learned it when I was younger!

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