Collisions and Quick Workouts

I didn’t have anything prepared for today because I was in a car accident yesterday and didn’t feel up to sitting and thinking much less sitting at a desk and preparing a new blog post.

My husband was driving and my son and I were in the back. We stopped at a stop sign before merging into traffic and the guy behind us stopped as well. The hubby started to go but stopped again to let a speeding car whoosh past so we wouldn’t end up as creamed pancakes.

The guy behind us saw us start and immediately looked to his left at the oncoming traffic to find his own opening for merging. Took about 2 seconds for him to be satisfied with the lane’s availability. He stepped on the gas and…

CRUNCH!!!!

We were still sitting there because the speeding car had just passed us. The bark was worse than the bite though as there was minimal damage done to either car. The other driver had scuff marks on the top of his bumper near his hood and we had a crack on the underside of our bumper. Yes, his car was so small that it almost fit under ours.

My family is fine. I was the only one who felt any kind of discomfort – my back and neck started hurting. Saw the doctor though and she said I was fine, no injuries. Just some normal muscle spasms that are going to potentially cause a lot of pain.

I have muscle relaxants and was directed to take ibuprofen if the pills didn’t take care of the pain. I’m doing fine though. I expected a super amount of pain today but I’m mostly just stiff. Sitting hurts more than walking so my back is hurting a bit more now from sitting here writing this. Nothing I haven’t felt before though.

Unfortunately, this means I’ll have to skip out on the Circuit Fusion class tomorrow. Sucky! But I really need to take it easy. I don’t want this to become an injury because I’m too stupid to take a break to heal.

Am I worried about losing muscle or gaining weight or getting out of the habit of exercise while I recuperate? Nah, not in the least. I’ll take it easy for a little while then gradually get back into everything. I’ll probably end up even stronger than I was before due to really paying attention to my body and taking care of myself.

Remember the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Considering my back is what’s hurting, I’m going to delve into the world of Yoga for moves that will help strengthen one’s back.

Here’s something to help you with lower back pain. They can be really helpful in gradually strengthening your back.

back exercises

These moves will help stretch out the muscles in your back. Yay for yoga! I love doing these after a back-extensive workout.

better back

These are great stretches to help improve the flexibility in your back. Don’t force your back to stretch too far though or you’ll end up injuring yourself. You’ll be back to square one with the first that first set of moves for back pain if that happens. No fun.

back stretches

Have you ever injured your back in any way? What do you do to help heal yourself and gain back the strength and flexibility?

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About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming a world-famous writer. I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a stay-at-home mom, a writer, and a POP Pilates instructor. I didn't think I'd succeed at that last one but I did it! I confronted my fears, dealt with things I didn't want to deal with, and completed the training! POP Pilates classes are coming soon to mid-Nebraska!

Posted on March 2, 2014, in Fitness, Personal and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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