1. I joined Christine’s 100x February challenge at Dream Big Runner. 100 PushUps every week! So far I’ve done 310 !
2. Heat or Ice? I’ve had a pain/discomfort/tightness kind of feeling in my right quad. It doesn’t help that I’m really not sure what it is and I can’t pinpoint where I feel it. It’s more of a general area. My first thought was ice. That seems to always be what the ortho prescribes for almost any injury. Right? That has me wondering. Ice or heat? How do you know when to use what and if you use ice when you should use heat can it make it worse?
It really isn’t that bad and I will see a doctor if it doesn’t get better. For now the general consensus is this…
Cold reduces inflammation. Heat improves circulation. When to use ice or heat depends on how long ago the injury occurred.
After you strain a ligament or muscle, it is generally best to use cold (ice or a cold pack) immediately and then for the next day and 1/2. It’s usually wise not to use heat, such as a heating pad, until swelling and bruising has stopped. Use Ice for the first 48 hours after an injury.
Use heat 20 minutes at a time at least 24 hours after a minor injury or 48 hours after a more serious one.
3. Yes. Another challenge. Living with intention. I joined Amanda at Run to the Finish for the Appreciation Challenge. 30-days of self appreciation and appreciation for others. The “others” part is easy and comes naturally. The “self” part I’m finding doesn’t come as naturally. I think I appreciate myself. Why is it almost uncomfortable with putting it into words? Is self appreciation something that becomes more comfortable with practice?
How are you with self appreciation? How about push-ups? Do you avoid them?
Have a great Thursday!