Fitness Loves of the Week #10
Happy Friday! I’m so glad that we’re pretty much at another weekend!
I appreciate all of your input on my last post! Before we get to Fitness Loves of the Week, I wanted to update you on my hips and the pain I’ve been experiencing. I originally mentioned this a few weeks ago when I was home and told you all how I’d had shooting pain on the side of my hips whenever I walked. Well, this pain has continued since then and it’s actually gotten worse. Sometimes it hurts so bad that I don’t even want to go to class because getting there is painful. And I also now have aching sometimes when I’m sitting and sleeping.
Last week I decided that I couldn’t handle this anymore, so I made an appointment with an orthopedic. I met with him on Wednesday and he diagnosed me with bursitis in both of my hips :(.
What is hip bursitis? It’s inflammation of the bursa between the greater trochanter (the bony prominence on the outside of the hip) and the IT band. My inflammation is apparently being caused by really tight IT bands. In fact, in my left leg, if you place your hand over that great trochanter area you can actually feel my IT band snapping across the surface when I walk. Um yea…not fun.
Thankfully, hip bursitis is easily treatable. For right now I have to ice my hips 2-3 times a day for 20-30 minutes each time. This should help with the inflammation. I’m also going to be seeing a physical therapist a couple of times to learn the best way for me to stretch out my IT band so that this can be prevented in the future. I’ve always thought that I did a decent job of stretching out my IT band, but I guess not!
However, if none of this is working after about 4 weeks, then I’ll go back to the ortho to have an x-ray to see if anything anatomical is going on. Let’s hope that isn’t the case!
As soon as I got home from the doctor on Wednesday I started icing my hips. After two days of doing this, I’ve actually noticed that my joints are more achy and I’m in more pain? I’m hoping this is a fluke and it will stop asap!
I also want to thank Allison who is a physical therapist and after reading my original post about this has been emailing me back and forth with suggestions and information!
And on another quick note…my new favorite thing to eat is a sweet potato topped with chocolate PB2 :D. It’s amazing!
Okay, and onto Fitness Loves of the Week! I don’t have a new workout for you today because I’ve been doing Tina’s bootcamp workouts this week and haven’t made up any of my own. So, I thought I would share with you my favorite moves that I have learned from this week’s workouts :).
First up, we have butt kicks:
These butt kicks are done standing in place. Basically, your are kicking your butt with your heel on each stride. I felt this more than I thought I would! And it really got my heart rate going :).
Second up we have decline push-ups on the stability ball:
I have come to really like doing push-ups and always enjoy finding new ways to challenge myself with them! You can make this exercise harder by putting your feet on the ball instead of your shins! Talk about working on stability!
If you want to participate in FLOW:
“Fitness Loves of the Week” (FLOW) is a link-up party similar to What I Ate Wednesday except it’s all about fitness! On Fridays I will post either a routine that I have created that week, a picture or video of a move that I have done, or even a post about a workout. You guys simply do something similar! If you’ve had a great workout/fitness post earlier in the week and you don’t want to make up a new one, you don’t have to! Simply grab the picture from my site, paste it in your Friday post, then when you link up you can use the link from whatever post of yours you want!