In my previous Frida inspired post, I mentioned something about vulnerability. So here is mine: I have scoliosis.
Although it may not be visible in this picture, the lower part of my spine is about 20 degrees off. This results in all sorts of issues such as bad posture, weak hips and glutes, as well as constant tightness of the muscles around my lower back. My left leg is always tight since it extends further than my right. What’s worse is that there’s a slight curve in my neck to compensate for the curve in my back. This limits my neck mobility about 60%. Needless to say, I’m kind of a mess!
So, why do I Crossfit then?
Thanks to Crossfit, my posture has improved, my abs are stronger and can therefore support my curved spine, my glutes and hips are finally firing and relieving the pressure off my back, and my flexibility is better than when I was just running and doing yoga.
Are there days that I feel that old pain coming back as I deadlift or snatch? Yes, of course, but instead of treating my scoliosis as a weakness, I embrace it as the vulnerability that is a part of me. Since it is a part of me, I must work with it and not against it.
I must warm up well every time...I must watch my form every time...I must learn to set aside ego and go with less weight on the heavy lifts...I must stretch after every workout...and I must continue to do my physical therapy exercises as often as I can.
Here’s to allowing our vulnerabilities to remain a part of us, to allowing that nagging voice to tell us to slow down or push harder when we feel good, and to continuing to build our strength by listening to our bodies, even when they’re not perfect.
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