Today I decided to figure out what the name of the muscle is that is killing me on this workout. The best way to prevent injury is to treat the muscles that are tight and causing pain before they become a severe problem. Warm up, stretch and cool down are VITAL behaviors with exercise.
The Peroneus Brevis, thank you “Trail Guide to the Body Flashcards ‘Muscles of the Human Body’ Vol.2,” is what was BURNING during warm up and the first few moves in the Cardio Challenge today. I have had foot problems for the last two years, and investing in good running shoes played a big part in helping. I’m sure that has been a big factor in my knee issues too. Did you know that a foot issue can incur damage all the way up your body? One small imbalance can affect your whole body. Every muscle relies on another to do it’s job. I cannot stress the importance of proper shoes when working out, and here I’ve been working out barefoot… I know I’m a rebel. I’m not 100% sure that’s what is bothering my muscle but I’m going to try wearing shoes tomorrow. I’ll let you know if there’s a difference. For now though, I will be stretching this muscle more. Check out the video below if you’re having issues with the same muscle being tight.
I almost forgot to share my max out time! I made it 18 seconds longer than last week. Not a big change but I’ll take anything I can get 😉
Breakfast: Oats with chia seeds, apple sauce and walnuts
Snack: Vanilla Protein Shake
Lunch: 5 graham crackers, these and animal crackers are my weakness, they aren’t allowed in the house!
Snack: Carrots and chipotle hummus
Dinner: Roasted chickpeas with shredded carrots and bell peppers on top of a wild rice blend made with vegetable broth. I have some leftovers, so I have an easy lunch tomorrow!
Dessert: Vegan Strawberry Shakeology with 1/2 a banana and a few frozen raspberries.
End of Day Thoughts:
Today was a battle of wills. I didn’t want to workout, I didn’t want to get off the couch and I didn’t want to make meals. BUT I did! A big part of following this program is working on my mindset. I started reading the book The Go-Giver today (and finished it) and it really made me think about my life and where it is going. If you are needing to change your mindset, I HIGHLY recommend this book. The power of being positive goes a long way.