Going down Achilles style

Until now the BBG hadn’t caused me any pain yet, except for the soreness after the feared leg & cardio workouts of course. A couple of days ago though I felt a fierce pain right after legs&cardio wk2 coming from my Achilles tendon. As I am quite a dedicated person I do not stop easily and often cross my limits and go to far, I decided to just see how things would evolve and thus I did do the full body workout two days later. The weird thing is that the pain didn’t really occur during the exercises but once I was done. This time the pain was even worse and when I woke up the next day I walked around wiggling like some sort of penguin.

Immediately I realised that this should be taken seriously since pushing your body over its limits can lead to serious injuries. Not only are serious injuries just a tedious thing, but they need a lot of time to recover from. That would mean stopping with the BBG and any other types of heavy exercises, definitely something I wouldn’t be happy with!

Achilles tendon injuries can be caused by:5506165_orig

  • Overuse.
  • Stepping up your level of physical activity too quickly.
  • Wearing high heels. (guess I won’t be wearing my new boots anytime soon.)
  • Flat feet.
  • Muscles or tendons in the leg that are too tight.

Looking at the above mentioned causes I think it’s save to say that my pain is caused by a combination of overuse and wanting too much too soon. My body isn’t used to all the jumping Kayla makes us do so I probably should have built up the intensity a bit slower. Usually I’d just say to myself ‘don’t be a pussy and keep on going’, but I came to the realisation that taking some days to give my Achilles tendon some rest is way better than to keep on going and risk a serious injury.

I did some digging on the internet and found out that minor Achilles tendon injuries should heal on their own and just need some time and rest. In a few days I’ll probably be jumping around again and until then I’ll stick with some exercises that don’t involve heavy Achilles tendon action.

This might not have been the most interesting thing to read, I know, but I shared it because I think it’s important to learn to listen to your body and take good care of it. The thing is that if you don’t pay close attention to the messages your body sends you, you might just think that the pain you’re feeling is soreness.

I’ve found some simple things that can help you prevent an Achilles tendon injury.3498165_orig

  • Increase the intensity of your workouts slowly.
  • Wear well fitted shoes with good support.
  • limit your up-hill running while doing BBG
  • Stop exercising if you feel pain or tightness in the back of your calf or heel.

Hope that this will keep you guys from running into this problem. Keep on jumping, but with care!

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