Injury Prevention Workout Tips
After 3 months on the elliptical & pilates, I'm thinking of slowly starting to ease back into running outside, completing squats/lunges, etc. as my knee is feeling pretty good.
However, I'm nervous & do not want to re-injure my knee. Do you have any recommendations (i.e. walk/run intervals, partial squats, etc.) because I'm not sure where to begin.
When I look back at my training log I know where I made my mistakes: 1) pushing myself to run a 10k faster than I did the year before with not enough time to train, 2) focus on running outside (hills & intervals, 30-40 min/4x week)as my only form of cardio, 3) focusing only on ashtanga yoga balance poses, 4) doing just squats & lunges for lower body moves, 5) not stretching enough after a workout.
In a nutshell, I didn't include a lot of cross-training in my workout routine. I'm a type "A" personality & I love challenging workouts. At one point, I do believe I may have been "addicted" to working out at a negative level (partially because I didn't want to gain the weight back I worked so hard to lose).
Unfortunately, I didn't give my body enough rest & I paid for it. However, this was a blessing in disguise because I'm smarter because of this experience. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to discover even though I've modified/cut down my workouts I've been able to maintain my weight (which has given me even more confidence). Any advice is always appreciated.