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so I've just emerged from nearly an entire week of back pain - and let me tell you, I am going to the goddamn GYM just as soon as I feel back to 100%!

I'm 43. I don't feel old. nevertheless, I've thrown my back out twice in the past couple of years (although never before that). so even though this second episode isn't as severe as last time it's certainly enough to get my attention, and cause me to act to change this while I still can.

in case you've never had one, back injuries are awful. nearly everything you do, any move you make pulls on your back one way or another. waking up this morning and realizing it was only twingey and not excruciating made me want to jump for joy! (I refrained as I want to maintain this wonderful improvement... heh)

as soon as is feasible (I'm thinking Tuesday) I want to start going to the gym and working on core and back strength. it's really been a long time since I danced regularly (obviously, as this would never have happened to me then) and it is TIME for me to get back to it.

I'm really grateful that this is an option for me, and that I *can* do this. so, watch out, here I come!

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I'm feeling: relieved relieved

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edgeofthewoods From: edgeofthewoods Date: April 28th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been noticing the changes in my body these last few years as well - shoveling the walk clear of sow without warming up my muscles first = not such a great idea a day or two later... Motion is what's going to keep us supple and toned as we move thru life, so I am making sure to remain active even as my gig is sedentary. It gets more and more important to move with each passing year.

Happy to hear your back is feeling better and that you'll be able to strengthen and tone it so that it may serve you well for years to come!
sabotlours From: sabotlours Date: April 28th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I hear ya! I threw out my back a couple of weeks ago, and it took a week of walking around like an old man before it got better.
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: April 28th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Throw in some Yoga too. The more strenght training you do the more important it is to balance out.

Sorry you were hurtin'.
tastyeagle From: tastyeagle Date: April 28th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
No way you are 43. I swear to god I thought you were in your twenties.
graham14 From: graham14 Date: April 29th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad the back is feeling better, as the owner of a perpetual bad back I know that pain well.
expanding_x_man From: expanding_x_man Date: April 29th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! That is the key, exercise and for now, some rest and anti-inflammatories or ice. I had back pain and did a ton of chiropractic and some working out. But, this reminds me I need to get back to the working out. And, the chiropractor helped a lot, but I would rather not need him.

Feel better soon and have fun at the gym!
catwoman69y2k.insanejournal.com From: catwoman69y2k.insanejournal.com Date: April 29th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
43????? I actually thought maybe you were in your early 30s if that.

either way, I have health insurance now and apparently there are some programs you can go through (3rd party so I got lots of reading to do) that will allow me some discounts on gym memberships. Shop online and see if there is something like that, and that may take people even if not insured.

Go girl, go! Work those core muscles! :)
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