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My Knees are Broken- Fitness Update

Okay, stating that my knees are broken might be a bit of an overstatement.

For those of you that are newer, my knees have been giving me trouble for the last month, and it has been more than a little frustrating. I had to mark jumps for the entire second half of my summer ballet class, which I was not impressed by. However, I was finally able to see my sports medicine doctor and get to the bottom of this.

It only took him about five minutes to figure out that I have patellar tendonitis in both of my knees. In layman’s terms, the tendon that connects my shin and kneecap is swollen and unhappy. While that doesn’t sound overly positive, I was told that it’s actually a very common injury and that it is not permanent. I will have to get two small braces to wear when I exercise, and I will have to do a few specific stretches that target the right muscles. I am going to start back at the gym- walking the track, doing yoga, and doing Zumba. I hate not being able to get my exercise in- I can feel my mental state declining a little bit, I’ve gained a small amount of weight, and I am not feeling like myself. I noticed that even spending the day walking on my trip improved my mental state immensely! I need exercise back in my life.


My goal is to also start doing a short yoga sequence at least three nights a week, and stretching at least five days a week to prepare for ballet in the fall. I need to get back to where I was- physically and mentally- and I am prepared to do that the right way! While I will only be able to walk in a straight line down my road, I’m going to start trying to do at least three episodes of Zombies, Run! a week, in addition to the yoga and stretching. I’ve noticed that since I have injured my knees, I spend a lot of time just sitting in the evening. To summarise, I feel like a giant blob not doing anything.

Younger me would have completely ignored the irritation and slight pain in my knees and written it off, but now me knows that if I don’t care of myself, the problems will only continue to get worse and worse. I’m trying to stay positive and remind myself that I love yoga, and my exercise classes at lunch, and that while I have modify things a bit, some exercise is better than the no exercise that I have been getting for the last month or so. I’m thinking that I’m actually going to make a specific exercise planner so that I can specifically track that until I feel comfortable with where I am at.

Does anyone have any tips on recovering from a minor injury, and walking that line between rehab-ing it without overdoing it? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

1 thought on “My Knees are Broken- Fitness Update”

  • Oh, that sucks, but at least it’s fixable! I’ve had problems with my knees, for which I didn’t go to the doctor, and problems with my Achilles tendon, for which I did. I think you have to listen to your doctor, listen to your body and try to have fun doing it (in that order). It helped me to think of the goal – i.e. dancing pain-free again – while doing the stretches my doctor ordered me to do. I, too, feel inadequate quickly if I can’t or don’t do enough sports, but hey, doing the stuff that’s supposed to help you regenerate counts!

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