The Right Tools
Have you ever gotten a stone stuck inside your shoe? You try not to walk on it, and gingerly limp around until you can stop and remove it. Yesterday, this happened to me, with one important twist. When I tried to remove the offending stone, there was none to be found. I was able to ignore it for the most part, and went on with my day. Unfortunately, every time I got up from sitting at my desk, the discomfort was back, and by the end of the day, my slight limp turned into a hobble, and I could barely put weight on that foot.
The culprit, it seems, is something called Plantar Fasciitis, a condition that, while painful, can be easily treated in most cases. It happens due to repetitive microtraumas to the plantar fascia, a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that runs the length of the foot. Treatment involves taking a rest from walking and high-impact activities, and stretching the Achilles tendon and the muscles of the calves and feet.
I'm not thrilled about giving up my daily walk, even temporarily. I walk a minimum of an hour a day, and it's rare that I don't log ten thousand steps a day on my FitBit. To be perfectly honest, I don't always enjoy walking, and wonder sometimes if that hour could be better spent. However, if I don't walk in a given day, I feel restless and full of nervous energy, and focusing on even simple things can sometimes be a challenge.
I feel so fortunate at times like these to have tools in my figurative toolbox. That way, when something needs to be fixed or adjusted, I am ready and able, because I have the right tools for the job. In this case, I have three, and I'd like to share them with you.
First is creativity. This is the mind set that asks, "How can I do this?" rather than saying, "I give up."
Second are things that will help me keep moving. How can I get in some of that all-important cardio that seems so beneficial for my health and well-being? For a few days, I'll spend more time bouncing on the stability ball. It's not as vigorous as walking, but it's an adequate substitute for now. I also purchased a rebounder about a year ago. This is a mini trampoline with a rail I can use for balance, and the springy surface will lessen the impact to my heel.
The final tool comes straight from BlindAlive. I was already doing our Cardio and Sculpting with Weights workouts, but now I need something that involves minimal standing on hard surfaces, and minimal impact, at least for now. I plan to make good use of the Gentle Workout Set and the Pilates Chair with Ring workout. These emphasize muscle stretching and strengthening more than I have lately. The fact that I have this problem in the first place is a gentle reminder from my body to strengthen and use my muscles so that, like good tools, they are ready for any job.
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