I am notoriously bad at stretching.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I go through fits and spurts of really good, consistent stretching then I just stop. Then I get hurt, and vow that I will return to stretching because it’s a really easy way to avoid getting hurt.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
I’m currently in the “hurt” phase of that cycle. I hurt myself…let’s say “dancing erratically”. There’s a video on Facebook if you’d like to see exactly what I was doing.
Dancing. I hurt my back DANCING. Ugh.
I finally went to the doctor yesterday after not getting any better with ice, heat, and tylenol (oh, ibuprofen…how I miss you. Stupid ulcers.) and she confirmed that I have a lumbar strain.
New plan: ice, muscle relaxers, stretching, slow walking, and tylenol.
This is not the first time I’ve gotten hurt because of my inconsistent stretching. And they’ve all been in about the same area. My lower back and hips are not good places to be. As the doctor put it, I was “prime for injury”. She basically said it was just a matter of time before something happened.
What’s it going to take for me to understand?
STRETCHING NEEDS TO BE MY BEST FRIEND!