Rewarded for Bad Behavior

First let me set it up: I bought a DVD workout program last week, because I’ve been following this trainer on YouTube for months, but not with any purpose, I’d just pick whatever seemed good each day. I thought it might be useful to follow a program, and if nothing else I’d know what to do each day and not have to figure it out on my own. I don’t expect a “transformation” because I know my body well enough at this point to know that ain’t gonna happen. Even when I’ve been at my slimmest and going balls-to-the-wall with strength training to build up big muscles, the results were subtle AT BEST. Probably best described as “not noticeable to anybody not named Laina.” Really what I wanted from it was to get some exercise every day, not be bored, and not spend all day at it. This is perfect for that. It’s ten new thirty minute workouts and a 6-week schedule telling you what to do when. Perfect! That’s the next 6 weeks sorted!

Anyway, I did the first workout on Sunday morning, and it was a basic cardio workout (“Cardio Party!”), nothing fancy, but it got the blood moving fine. Sunday afternoon I went for a three and a half mile hike, fairly level nothing extreme. And Sunday night my right knee was hurting like crazy.

Honestly, probably not “like crazy.” I don’t really know how to gauge it, because I’ve never had knee pain in my whole life. I’ve been a runner for 13+ years but my knees have never made a peep. I don’t know what caused it, and I don’t know how to treat it, but it hurt all night and Monday morning when I woke up. I took some Alleve, like you do, but it still hurt.

So Monday morning I just carried on with my next workout because 1) I didn’t want to miss one just a day after starting the program, and 2) I wanted to find out if it would get worse if I worked it (this was probably not my best idea). Day 2 was “Total Body Strength”, so basically a bunch of compound strength moves with weights that worked everything all at once. I liked it.

My knee continued to hurt throughout the day yesterday, but when I woke up this morning it was fine. I don’t even know, knee pain is a new one for me. I’m glad it’s all better, I don’t know what caused it, and I hope it doesn’t come back. Today’s workout was “Brain Fitness Fun,” a concept I really like! A moderate cardio workout with moves that work your brain as well as your body, and I’ll admit there were a few times I was confounded and had to really work to get the moves right – it’s good for my brain to be frustrated and work to figure it out.

I’m guessing one should not treat joint pain the way I did – by ignoring it. But it worked out. This time.

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