My Hips Don’t Lie!
I couldn’t be happier to say that my bursitis in both hips is completely healed. I no longer feel any pain in either hip at all!
After each of my runs over the last week or so my hips have been tight immediately after, but as soon as I do my PT stretches they loosen right up. I’m doing numbers 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11 from the chart below (along with fire hydrants) every day.
I don’t think you could possibly find someone more dedicated to stretching than I am right now!
After going through several sleepless nights with bursitis I swore that I would do everything in my power to keep it from ever coming back, which included shaking up my strength training routine to incorporate more hip and glute specific exercises.
When Meg started her personal training business I knew that I wanted to work with her someday. I initially had it in mind to reach out to her to help me get prepared for ultramarathoning, but when the bursitis struck I realized I needed to reach out sooner.
After a few back-and-forth conversations, Meg designed a full body workout plan for me that I incorporate into my routine twice a week.
My strength workouts now include fun things like squats, deadlifts, step-ups, lunges and reverse lunges (among other things).
I’ve always done squats and deadlifts, but I’ve never really been into lunges.
Well, let me tell you Meg has me doing SO MANY LUNGES. Like I dream about them… or maybe I have nightmares about them (haha)! I totally get how they’re important for strengthening the hip flexors and glutes though. I don’t need to read any research reports about it, I can feel stuff happening when I lunge!
I do the forward lunges holding 10lb dumbbells for extra fun! When it comes to reverse lunges I just try not to fall over in front of everyone else at the gym. I assume I’ll get better at these (?!).
Overall I feel really confident that I’m taking all the steps necessary to keep the bursitis away for good.
I’m stretching, I’m lunging, I’m building up my mileage again slowly.
It’s all coming together just in time for me to start prepping for Chicago! Only 150 days to go!
Do you incorporate lunges into your workout routine?
Least favorite strength training move to do? Favorite?