I’ve been thinking about running (is that a surprise to you?) and it’s been a little over 5 months of me being cautious about it. With more than 30 days of yoga under my belt and some strength training, I think it is time that I start to run more frequently. I think I said I’d do this before but then I got scared when my hips were still sore. I still get pain while at work but I think that is because I am sitting all day long!
I always knew that sitting all day was bad for me but I got curious to why it is so found the Men’s Health article “Why Your Desk Job is Slowly Killing You”. Now some of you may chuckle if you aren’t too happy at your job and be thinking “Hey-I know why it’s slowing killing me!” but let’s look at some of the biology of it.
Our muscles are covered with connective tissue called fascia which is pliable but can get accustomed to being in a certain position if in it for too long. It kind of reminds me of play dough. Play dough can be pliable and flexible to whatever shape you want, but if you leave it in the container for too long it dries up in the position that it is in. When we are sitting, our muscles are shorter which means our muscles get used to being in that shorter state. As a result, you lose flexibility and pliability of the muscles and are prone to injury. Oh hey! Maybe that’s whats wrong with me!
I have been better about taking a break during work by going for a walk during lunch and also later in the afternoon with some coworkers. But I think I may actually even start to go into a conference room and stretch for a little bit. If I want my hips to get better, I’m going to have to work hard making sure my muscles don’t dry up like that play dough! Some yoga before and after work isn’t going to cut it! I may also spend a little time with this guy during work!
I generally like the foam roller better because I can use my body weight to get a deeper massage, but I love the Stick because it’s what I like to call the lazy person’s foam roller. I can watch TV and loosen up my muscles without having to get down on the floor. Also, it might be less weird me rolling my legs with the Stick during work than getting on the floor to foam roll.
Let the operation run more, stretch more begin!
Oh PS. If you would like to see what my coworkers and I do after hours…well check back tomorrow! We’ve got footage! GET EXCITED!!
Have you gotten injured and then been super cautious about getting back into it?
I haven’t really been seriously injured until now. I was afraid of pushing it too much and prolonging my return to running, but now it’s time to try to kick it up a notch and see what happens!
Does your job require you to sit for long hours?
Right before I got injured I was working long hours sometimes without getting up very much. I didn’t realize how detrimental it was!