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Episode Info: Listen to Jenny Baxter talk about self-care, and the critical importance of looking after yourself, using the audio player above. Injuries and health checks Who looks forward going to the doctor for your pap smear? Or a mammogram? Yay! Not! Beyond testing your physical system, all those invasive and intrusive examinations test your limit of tolerance to unpleasantness. Groan. It’s hard to look after yourself isn’t it? But this is a really important life hack. Have you ever noticed things like this? Too many women end up with terminal bowel cancer, too far gone for treatment. All because they were embarrassed to admit there was blood in the toilet. As well, too many miss the early stages of breast cancer or cervical cancer because they dislike letting someone do the uncomfortable test. And too many end up with long-term injuries, because they choose not to get treatment for a sprain or a fall. Yep, that’d be me. I got myself a gym injury and didn’t do anything about it. I’m pretty good at regular health checks. But I was lousy at having treatment for that injury. Did I look after myself? Not very well. Me? A Train-Wreck? I’m tall and athletic, and school sport was always a highlight of my week. As an adult, I’ve always prioritized fitness. Since leaving school I’ve enjoyed many sports and fitness activities. I even did daily exercise videos at home, while my little babies napped. Just listen to me talk to Jody Sargison, the Treasuring Mothers fitness expert! I know things. Hear my prideful tone? Mistake Number One Gym membership became an option once my kids were all at school and I began part-time work. My routine became twice a week at the gym; once a week badminton; daily dog-walking before breakfast. Life was great! Great, that is, until my knees started burning for hours after my gym visits. I put up with it for weeks. That was Mistake Number One. I only saw the expense of physio treatment and didn’t consider the expense of a long-term injury. I really didn’t take my own self-care seriously. Maybe I don’t know so many things after all. That’d be less of a prideful tone. Mistake Numbers Two and Three After a few weeks my knees began to feel better. So, slowly I re-introduced my exercises. But did I go and talk to my gym instructor? Nup! This was Mistake Number Two. If I’d got myself a new program, I’m sure things would be different now. Unfortunately, the cool muscle-man trainer who gave me my program made me feel uncomfortable, and I put it off. Mmmm. Maybe I could have asked for another instructor you say? Yes. Maybe I could have. So, all that pride is out the window now. On the day I re-introduced one particular exercise, the burning knees returned. Clearly, I’d ended up with some type of repetitive strain injury. And now, Mistake Number Three. I still didn’t go for treatment! In fact, after that, while I couldn’t lunge like I used to...
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