I’m definitely in a rut, and yesterday I decided I was done being in a rut. So I stood up, did 10 lunges on each leg, 10 air squats, and 10 bridge ups. No weights. No sweat. Super easy.
Then, it was time to make my bed.
[SIDENOTE] So, I wash my bed sheets once a week because I love the feeling of crawling into a clean, fresh bed every night. I also don’t get in bed at night without taking a shower first so they stay extra clean. If you don’t do this, try it for a week and I promise you’ll love it.
Anyway…I’m pulling the fitted sheet onto the corner of the mattress when I feel a sudden SHARP pain in my lower back which pretty much brought me to my knees. I couldn’t stand for a minute and just leaned up against my mattress for a while… Afterwards, it was very painful to walk/stand/sit for the rest of the day!
I ended up cancelling my Friday at the hospital because I knew I would be totally useless. So, I talked to Tammy, the amazing PTA(20 years experience!!) I observe, and told her about my “injury” and she said it sounded like sciatica and something to do with my piriformis muscle and her advice was, “ice, ice, ice” and to GENTLY do the Figure 4 Stretch.
PT amazes me every time! I love the fact that balancing our bodies’ regular movement patterns can heal us. I mean, I’m nowhere near healed, but the stretching is helping, and so is the ice, and I’m going to take it easy for a while. But I’ll do updates on everything I’m doing to get better.
So, not the most adventurous or thrilling injury story, but I really feel like that’s what I get for not exercising and sitting too much, and being in the longest rut ever.
*Lesson of the day: Stay in shape so you don’t injure yourself making your bed…
Do you have experience with piriformis injuries? How did you get out of your fitness rut?