We fall. We break. We fail….But then, we rise, we heal, we overcome.Greta ThunbergLustig
In November last year I decided to get serious with my exercise routine. I decided to walk 15 kilometres a day, 4 days a week (the other 3 days I work on busy hospital wards with lots of physical activity during my 12 hour shifts).
My feet hurt. They ached as a result of my gruelling 15K walk. I could barely walk after my exercise. I expected the pain to subside after 2 to 3 weeks. But, hell no!
It looked like the pain was getting worse, if anything.
I soon realised that if I didn’t do something to minimise or stop the crippling pain, I would quit my 15K walk in its infancy. Yes, the ‘baby‘ was at risk of being aborted!
During my 15K walk, my feet did not hurt at all. Now, that’s strange – right? Well, not really.
Apparently, what I was experiencing is called “plantar fasciitis” – pain on the bottom of your feet. During exercise the pain is better but gets worse after resting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plantar-fasciitis/
By the way – I would do a good 10 minutes or so of stretches after my 15K walk but this did not help the pain at all.
Anyhow, I set out to find a solution to ease my aching feet – before I quit.
Believe me, when you hurt like I did, the thought of quitting is always on your mind. This one part of me just wanted out now – I could hear it screaming at me to ‘stop now‘!
I was tempted to hang my ‘boots’ and call it quits. Who would blame me? It looked like the right thing to do.
I grudgingly entertained the thought of taking a break from it all – to allow my feet to heal. However, I knew that taking a break may be the beginning of quitting – (I know this because I’ve been ‘there’ many times before – ‘quittersland‘).
The other part of me knew I had to carry on – no matter what!
‘The pain is temporary‘ I would reassure myself. I believed the pain would soon disappear. Strength would soon replace the pain. I had to keep on keeping on.
Anyway, ‘fast forward‘….
I found some helpful tips on how to relieve sore feet. In no time, I decided to dip my feet in hot/warm water for 2 minutes. After which I would then dip them in cold water for another 2 minutes. This brought immediate relief to my achy feet.
Apparently, this method works by ‘opening and closing the veins in your feet promoting proper blood circulation. The improved circulation helps relieve sore feet‘ https://www.mappingmegan.com/heel-that-pain-how-to-relieve-sore-feet-after-walking-all-day/. You can also add some essential oils to the water in which you intend to soak your feet.
Unfortunately for me, the relief was short-lived. The pain returned. And, I couldn’t bear it.
I decided to cut back on the distance I was walking. I went from 15K to 10K – a distance I walk in just under 2 hours. I walk some and run some – it’s what I prefer and it works well for me. Maybe one day I will be able to run all the way.
With the distance now adjusted, my feet didn’t hurt as much and I was happier. I was gifted a foot massage machine – thanks to the husband. Good ‘investment‘. I also decided to set a daily target of 12000 steps on my mobile phone app. I don’t always hit my target when I’m at work but I aim for at least 6000 steps.
Since I started my regular exercise routine, I’m experiencing some amazing health benefits such as:
- Energy boost: before my exercise routine I felt lethargic most of the time. I would hardly move from the sofa on my ‘off’ days. But, now I have lots of energy and I’m getting more done for myself and my family.
- Improved mood: I’m experiencing reduced stress and improved self-esteem.
- I now sleep better at night.
- The niggling aches and pains in my body have all but disappeared.
These immediate health benefits of my daily exercise routine urge me to carry on this valuable habit – no matter what. I persevere and keep encouraging myself to exercise whether I feel like it or not. I would have quit but I decided to stay the course. I decided to stick with it though I was in excruciating pain.
The moral of the story is, remain resolute in your goals. Outlast whatever opposition you encounter on the journey to your desired lifestyle. You’ll come out victorious and live the life of your dreams.
Live life to the full