Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Walking isn't enough

Lately, on my longer walks, I have noticed a sharp pain in my upper right shoulder-blade area.

It's persistent, it's annoying and it needs to stop.

When it first started, it was just on my walks. More recently, however, the pain has been creeping into my everyday life. I'll be sitting in class or walking to my internship and suddenly, there it is.

Because I'm studying to be a criminal lawyer, I'm into finding the guilty party. I'm all about the who-dun-it, in fact.

The evidence points to two possible culprits: 1) poor walking posture and 2) weak abdominal muscles. I have decided, your honors, that both are acting in concert and should be arrested.

Ok, legal jokes aside - there is something wrong and I'm working to fix it. Already, I am seeing signs of improvement, too!

First, whenever I feel that pain, I immediately correct my posture. I have a tendency to watch my feet as I walk. We are all guilty of it, I know. But looking down like that is terrible for your back!

Throw your shoulders back, hold your head up high, perks the girls and WALK WITH PRIDE!

Then, when you are on your off days, work your core! Muscles balance each other, if you only work one group, you can throw things off balance and end up hurting yourself. All of the walking involved in training means you are stressing out a certain group of muscles. By working your core, you can balance the work load a bit. I use a stability ball to work my core - following a regimen designed by Women's Health to give me a bikini-worthy body. I also use it when I'm studying. I just sit on it - keeping yourself balanced subtly works those core muscles without you even knowing it!

Since I started working my core, I've noticed that the pain doesn't show up quite so much. Maybe I'm wrong and there is another culprit lurking in the shadows (if you know of a possible suspect let me know!), but in this case, correcting these other problems will only be beneficial anyway.

I rest my case.


  1. One other thing that I know I am guilty of is sitting on my feet or with my feet not planted flat while at work. You mentioned doing a lot of studying, you may keep an eye open to see if you are doing that as well. The fix for me was pretty easy keep feet on the ground it may take a little adjusting your desk set up but it is well worth it.


  2. I'm trying to find you on Facebook, there are too many Natalie Hull's.

  3. I find that when I'm doing a lot of computer work, I get a twinge very similar to what you're describing. I haven't figured out a way to get rid of it other than stretching my shoulders and back as much as possible. I like the idea of more core toning though!

    Are you carrying some sort of a pack when you walk? I'm curious how a waist pack v. a cambelbak could affect your shoulder pain.

    ~ Kristen

  4. The should pain came before the back pack. But to be honest, I feel the hydrating back pack makes me more conscious of my posture so it helps. Things are getting better - that pain comes later into the walks. I really do attribute working my core more.