A WAY TO EXERCISE WHEN YOUR BACK IS KILLING YOU

This post is geared towards people suffering from Morton’s Neuroma, but everyone can benefit from it.

This past week I tweaked my back while whitewater kayaking. It was so bad that I had to go to urgent care to get some anti-spasm and muscle relaxing shots. The next morning, I could barely get out of bed without screaming.

I am not one to sit around doing nothing, though. I had to exercise. We were renting a cabin on a VERY hilly slope, so going up and down the road did not seem to be an option. What I did instead was walk laps around the deck and, periodically, go down and back up a steep driveway.

Here are the statistics related to the walk. In the description below a “lap” is twice around the deck:

  • There were 296 planks per lap * 5.5 inches per plank = 1628 inches = 136 feet per lap
  • I did 140 laps * 136 feet per lap = ~ 19000 feet
  • After each ten laps I walked up and down the driveway. That was 100 feet of driveway * 14 driveway trips = 1400 feet
  • Total distance = 20400 feet = 3.63 miles
  • Elapsed time = 2 hours or so with no pain!

Here are some other interesting facts:

Bad!

  • When I got up, I could not so my toe stretches or put on CBD cream. I could barely move.
  • Being away from home, I did not use my Precor elliptical trainer.
  • I was wearing Margaritaville deck shoes that I got at DSW (meaning that they were somehow defective).

Good!

  • I was walking pretty much on flat ground.
  • I was wearing my Thorlos hiking socks.

The socks make all the difference. Here is a link: https://www.thorlo.com/socks/lthmx/736

DON’T SKIMP ON YOUR SOCKS!

Watch the video below. When you get into counting your laps, it can be quite Zen-like!

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