Working through injuries

One of the major issues I’ve had since I’ve been working out has been injuries. Over the course of my life I haven’t taken very good care of the body I was given. Through smoking and abusing drugs and alcohol to not going to doctors or dentists I have really started to fall apart. Other than COPD it’s never been anything too serious such as broken bones or anything but it’s the little nagging injuries that are most bothersome to me.

Not quite a year ago I was playing beach volleyball thinking I was 20 years old and could just play without warming up and then go out and play hard. I was spiking, running and jumping around like a kid. Well the next day comes along and I can barely walk. This wasn’t only from the muscular exertion though. Through a P90X and Insanity hybrid workout program my muscles had gotten into pretty good shape so I had a little soreness but nothing unbearable. This was my ankle. It was really stiff and I couldn’t put much weight on it. A few days went by and it lessened but never completely went away. Then I noticed that what appeared to be bone or part of the achilles tendon pushing out the back of the ankle. Most of the time I didn’t notice any pain or anything except in the morning when I rolled out of bed but occasionally it would really bother me. Well the other day I played tennis for about 2 1/2 hours against a much younger former NCAA athlete. While it was a good cardio workout I really felt the pain in the ankle the next day. I have finally gone to a new doctor for a physical and decided to have it checked out. She sent me for X rays and I am currently waiting for the results.

The whole point of this post is to say that it did put a small damper on my workouts and I definitely am putting the lower body workouts of the current phase of P90X2 on hold. Doing a workout as intense as P90X2 P.A.P. lower with an ankle that not only isn’t 100% but is possibly a very serious injury isn’t a very good idea. What I will do is continue doing all the other exercises in this phase and probably adding in some core work. If you have an injury to a body part it’s very easy just to give up and stop working out. I went through this thought  process for a couple days and my mental well being was suffering because of it. I woke up and remembered something Tony Horton said when I met him in L.A. and that’s simply if your lower body is hurt work the upper and middle. If the upper body is hurt work the lower and middle. I took that to heart and did P90X2 P.A.P. Upper this morning and I feel extremely good and happy that I did it. Now I’m in the mindset of just doing it and getting better on the parts I can do until I find out where to go next with the ankle.

For an update: X-rays show a bone spur in the ankle. Now I need an appointment with an ortho to determine where to go next. Been putting it off but will get it done soon.



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Author:Michael McDonald

Fitness nut who golfs and rides motorcycles. Diagnosed with COPD in 2009 which got me started on a healthier path in my life. Now I share my experience to help give people hope.

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