I don't think I had done a thing wrong. Came to the gym, warmed up with an olympic bar and a variety of exercises (front squats, overhead squats, lunges, good mornings, BO rows, presses, etc) just like I always do. I did a set of overhead squats. I kept the weight light because I haven't done them for about a year and want to keep the form. Did my BO rows. Moved to forward lunges...on the second rep I "felt" a pop and pain. Images of never being able to deadlift or squat flashed through my mind. My heart raced.
I went home and found my wife ready to leave for work. I told her what happened. She asked me "why?" I said told her I don't think I had done anything wrong...and she says it...
"I guess you're just getting old, honey."
So it's time. Time to move over to this forum and time to start asking you all for advice. And time to pray some kind souls give it.
First, I should ask about healing. "The internets" tell me I've a pulled ham and should be using RICE (rest ice compression elevate). Done and done. It's about 60 hours later now. I'm feeling a bit better. Was able to use my leg to climb the stairs a moment ago (couldn't yesterday). But how long will I have to wait to get back into it? Are there exercises I should do to promote healing? Things I should stay away from?
Next, I'd better start protecting myself more. Shit'll happen and I know that. But I'd prefer to keep the injuries to a minimum. Any advice for warming up? Anything learned through the years that'll help as I continue to get older? I want to still be lifting 10, 20, 30 or more years from now... so I guess I'm asking primarily about ways to maintain health.
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