Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year where most of us have New Year resolutions. The majority of which center around health with most wanting to lose weight and others focusing on career or financial goals. Personally, I’m not much of a resolution person as I don’t see the sense of waiting until the beginning of the year to make changes. Why not change during the year? However, setting that thought aside, let’s discuss health and what most of us vow to change in January.
I’ve enjoyed the regular routine of working out my whole life. My current routine is to strength train Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and to focus on cardio by running Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Sometimes I’ll mix up the cardio with swimming or biking. On Sunday, I tend to stay active although there is no mandatory exercising. A few years ago, I began waking up every morning with sore feet. I would hobble out of bed at 5am to dress for my workout, and by the time I got to the gym or I began a run, the pain would go away. Of course when I was finished and would sit for awhile, the soreness would come back. As this went on for years, I chalked it up to old age. When getting my annual physical, I’d ask the doctor about it and they’d look at my labs (normal) and tell me to exercise less. Since I enjoy exercising and like to take active vacations with my family, this wasn’t a solution for me.
I was eating healthy (vegetables, meat, chicken, fish, low carbs – all organic) and didn’t want to medicate myself to feel better, so I powered through the pain until I found an alternative. I talked to friends, doctors, and colleagues. I learned of more holistic ways to deal with pain, and I decided to implement changes. I started taking more vitamins and really focusing on the foods I consumed. As a result, I felt more energized, happier, and ended up being pain-free.
The moral of the story is: listen to your instincts and keep searching for the right solution. In my case, I knew that exercising less wouldn’t lessen my pain even though my doctor seemed to think it would. By looking for a second opinion, consulting more people, and deciding to find a solution, I wake up pain free each day. At Sumus, we’re here to guide you, help you, and encourage you to keep pushing towards what will benefit you most.