One of the consequences of becoming more active is that I’ve also had the occasional injury. Although I’m told I look ten years younger (and I know I feel ten years younger), I’m no longer an invincible twenty-something. Has this risk stopped me from being active? Absolutely not!
On my second visit to Pinnacle Mountain, some of my friends and I were exploring the base trail. They wanted to go inspect a nearby railroad bridge, which required crossing a ditch. I didn’t make it up the other side of the embankment, landing on a stob. Fortunately, I wasn’t impaled — my “needless pounds” cushioned the impact. On another visit, I scraped the back of my knee while crossing a boulder field. Bruised and battered is preferable to scattered, smothered, and covered.
While making an effort to work my “core”, wherever that is, a muscle somewhere deep inside me protested. For several days, I walked softly and carried a big heating pad. My armchair diagnosis concluded that it was the Quadratus Lumborum muscle. I didn’t even know I had one! It’s no longer sore, but I’m now aware of its existence.
We learned in class that one of the key things to help reduce the risk of injury is to stretch after warming up. What other tips do you have for avoiding injury for folks like me who led a mainly sedentary lifestyle but who are now becoming active?