Lent Challenge Day 22 – an actual Rest Day (sort of)

Well, after my exertions of the previous couple of days, I woke up this morning with a really nasty pain in my bad wrist, and a corresponding pain in my shoulder on that side. Both of which fire at the same time. Which really didn’t seem good. The wrist thing has been going on for a while now, and while it had got less painful, refused to go away entirely. Now it is like sharp electric shocks. That it has forged a relationship with something in my shoulder leads me to believe there must be something nerve-ish going on.
Over the time I have been doing exercise in a serious way I have learned a thing or two about injuries:

  1. If an injury is more than just a run-of-the-mill pull, tweak, blister or bruise, get a medical opinion sooner rather than later.
  2. Never tell your partner about it. They will have no sympathy and only be cross with you when you find excuses not to seek medical opinion.
  3. Don’t train if it is going to exacerbate the injury.
  4. Train, regardless of the injury but train a different body part. There is always something you can be doing. Unless you have broken your neck, in which case don’t train. Watch training videos on YouTube and be grumpy.
  5. Codeine and KT tape.

With all of this in mind, I have not been to the doctor but may well make an appointment tomorrow.
Also, for the first time in quite a while I decided it would be better for me not to work out today. Yes, you heard me correctly. Not a single weight was lifted that day. Not a single Burpee was burped nor Up pushed or pulled.
And as I would not ask you to do something I didn’t, you don’t have to work out today either.

Of course, that doesn’t mean do nothing. A rest day means Active Recovery rather than just lying on the sofa watching The Real Housewives of Pigsknuckle, Arkansas and shovelling Florentines down your gullet. It is an opportunity to catch up on some of the less strenuous but equally important work you don’t otherwise find time for in your workouts: mobility work for example.
I did 45 minutes of Isometric Yoga, which made me feel a lot better after my recent labours, but probably did not do my wrist any favours at all, in fact.
You can do Yoga or Pilates or a foam rolling or MobilityWOD session as you choose. Find some good mobility videos on YouTube and work through them if you prefer. Just make sure you do follow a structured session though, rather than a bit of random rolling up and down on your roller and a couple of general ‘stretches’.


  1. roseabi

    I have been resting a small injury this week, and dammit I wish I’d thought of Florentines! πŸ˜€

    That’s rotten news though, hope you can sort it out quickly.

  2. Julia Holman

    Mmmmmmmmmm Florentines……

    I am still progressing on my pull up plan but not seeing much progress. I am expecting one day to wake up and boom I do one..

    If you can get yourself to Bristol I really do recommend my Osteopath Gerry at the Sports Department of Bristol University. He’s amazing.

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