Gaining a new perspective
Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Hanging out... Gaining a new perspective... Surrendering and listening to my body... Last autumn, I took some time out (in Ibiza) to reflect on several things, one of them being my hip. I was born with hip dysplasia in my right hip which means a shallow hip socket and improper alignment of the femur bone inside of that socket.
After decades of long-distance running, which caused a lot of wear and tear, as well as two pregnancies, my right hip gave in during the spring of 2018. This triggered constant pain and I also had a frequent limp while walking. I subsequently had lots of physio and did the prescribed exercises as best as I could. But I was angry with my hip and felt depressed at times. I also tried to run again on more than one occasion (yes, we runners can be quite stubborn and ignore our bodies!), refusing to accept my limitations. It’s taken me a while (in fact, about 18 months) to surrender and really listen to my body. It's been a journey of trial and error, trying out what makes me feel better and what makes me feel worse. Today, my workout is all about strengthening, stabilising and stretching without pain. I can still do cardio (and like everyone, I need it) but it has to be the low-impact version. That’s ok. And the silver lining? My workouts are much more varied than they used to be which also means they are more fun! (I've even dusted off a pair of old rollerblades!!) Furthermore, they will help to move my body in a healthier and more sustainable way so that I can continue to exercise well into old age. Is an injury or medical condition stopping you from doing an exercise that you love? Are you struggling to come to terms with your postnatal body? It can be so tough and frustrating to be forced to change and even more so if your exercise of choice gave you many mental health benefits in addition to the physical ones (all you runners out there will know what I mean). But, if you focus on all the exercises, activities and sports that you still CAN do, you might surprise yourself. I know I have 🙏