Sorry to all of you who read my blog every day, but I decided to skip writing for a day. So today’s blog is going to be two days in one! Isn’t that exciting!? No, didn’t think so.
Anyway, Day 7 wasn’t really anything special. Neck pain = no push ups, finished the rest, etc.
- Jumping Jacks: 100/100
- Push Ups: N/A
- Sit Ups: 100/100
- Squats: 100/100
But what I really wanted to talk about was Day 8.
In the morning, I decided to look up what might be the cause of my neck pain, since the pain seemed to be spreading to my shoulder as well. I figured, it would be easier to find a solution if I actually knew what the problem was. What I found was that it could be one of 3 things (probably). It could be a muscle strain, which makes sense, it could be a pinched nerve, which also makes sense, and it could also be bleeding in the brain, which makes not as much sense, so I decided on my own that it was one of the first two.
After I decided that it was either a pinched nerve or a muscle strain, I looked up what causes each of them, and I learned that it probably did happen through my exercises, which really bummed me out.
Then I looked up what to do to heal them, and since I had already tried heat and cold therapy, stretching, Tylenol, sleeping on my back without a pillow, physio exercises, etc. and nothing seemed to be working, I decided to take a day off from my exercises to see if that would help.
Day 8’s exercises:
- Jumping Jacks: 0/100
- Push Ups: 0/100
- Sit Ups: 0/100
- Squats: 0/100
Guess what? It really did help. Now I’m not 100% better, but I definitely feel a major difference from what I have been feeling for the last 5 days or so.
So I guess that it wasn’t only the push ups that was irritating it. So for the next couple of days, I am going to try to phase in the exercises again and see if my neck gets irritated again (hopefully not). For day 9, I am just going to do the squats. On day 10, I will do the squats and the sit ups. Day 11 I will do the squats, the sit ups and the jumping jacks. Then on Day 12, I will do all 3 of the exercises I have previously been doing, and then start phasing the push ups back in, starting with 10 on day 12, then increasing by 5 per day (Day 13 = 15 push ups, Day 14 = 20 push ups etc).
This challenge really has been quite challenging for me so far. I haven’t really been sore in the spots that I figured would get sore (eg. Abs from the sit ups, butt or thighs from the squats). So far I’ve learned that you probably shouldn’t jump all in to a workout right away, because you may injure yourself in ways you didn’t think were possible. Instead, you should probably ease your way into it gradually, adding more each day or each week depending on what your body can handle (apparently mine can’t really handle much).
I have only been doing this challenge for a little over a week now, but I am already learning a lot about how my body works and how it reacts. So so far, I’d say this challenge has been a success not physically, but intellectually. (Hopefully the physical success will come soon).