Welcome to confessions of a fitness professional.
Well, part confession, part resolution.
Confession: I lost my mojo in India.
Resolution: Get my mojo back.
Some people might believe folks in this business never go through physical ups and downs. After all, we are the ones who are supposed to motivate and encourage and show everybody else the way to physical, athletic and aesthetic nirvana.
Since we can show the way, we obviously know the way, right? Should be simple, right?
Sometimes things could not be further from the truth. We have our own issues and struggles. And I've had mine - big time.
I always enjoy experiencing a part of the culture of the country in which I am teaching. Cricket is to India what high school football is to the South. When in India, you play cricket.
The game was amazingly fun. Batting in cricket is a mutation of golf, baseball and racquetball. I had no problem batting. Bowling was a different story. Bowling in cricket is akin to pitching in baseball, except in bowling the bowler runs down a lane before releasing the ball with an overhand throw where the arm remains straight.
For a person used to throwing a baseball, softball and football, the mechanics of the movement were awkward. Still, I played on, having a great time learning how to bowl - even got a few wickets (hitting one of three sticks set up behind the batter).
Everything was cool during the game and immediately after it. My body was even fine during the workout I had a few hours later. But, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, I failed in an attempt to roll over in bed. My abdominals were in excruciating pain.
The rectus abdominis on my right side, the lower and posterior part of that muscle, was torn. Doesn't sound like much, but I couldn't roll over or do a sit-up or anything that required more than a modicum of abdominal energy for about 70 days. I couldn't jog, do a warm-up or even think about jumping anywhere for another 35 days. I did a sit-up, for the first time since August, two weeks ago. And as of today, it has been 124 days since I last sprinted.
Surely there are folks in much worse predicaments than mine, but this has been big for me. My life revolves around movement and playing and making my body do what I want it to do when I want it to do it. For the first time in my life, I didn't have that.
So, my New Year's resolution is to get my mojo back. It will be about getting as healthy as possible and running as fast as I can - again. There will be more playing, more dancing and more living.
Bryant is an author and international lecturer who holds several national training certifications. His fitness tips appear biweekly in Health and Wellness.