By Erika Fehrenbach Prell
Ever hear the phrase “age is just a number”? Or, “act as old as you feel”? These are how I have always felt about age; it is all about your mindset or viewpoint on your age! I have always tried to find the right balance of living younger than my actual age by trying new things and being open-minded to adventure and opportunity combined with the wisdom of learning lessons from experience. Spending time with my kids and seeing the world from their perspective definitely helps to keep that spirit going!
I saw this great quote that sums it up perfectly:
This is an amazing mindset and perspective that will serve you well! That is, until you do something that reminds you of your actual, chronological age. Anyone near 40, or over, knows exactly what I am getting at here.
You line up at the top of the slow hill like Chevy Chase in “Christmas Vacation”; you are going to show those kids how to really get this sled going! You hurdle your middle-aged self down the icy hill, and of course, you take that jump the kids made. This is fun! You feel like a 10 year-old again!! Then, you make the mistake of going home and sitting down on the couch. You attempt to get up but your body rebels. You are so stiff and sore that you can’t even move; you didn’t even know you had muscles to hurt in those areas.
Apparently, 40 is NOT the new 20 when it comes to body-pounding activities, or, let’s be real, playing any kind of sport you haven’t attempted in years without ample stretching before hand. AMIRITE?!?
Before you over-Google, remember WebMD is NOT a real doctor, or hobble to the nearest Urgent Care, here are the typical first steps for this type of insult. The exception here is if there is an obvious deformity or serious discoloration, then, do not pass Go or Collect $200 and proceed immediately to a medical professional. These conservative treatments should give some relief nearly immediately, which confirms this is not a serious injury.
Steps to Recover from Sledding for Adults
And, perhaps, the most important...
Come to terms that you do not bounce back like a 7 year old. There are great things that comes with aging but body resilience is not one of them. This does not mean you can never sled again. It just means you should, perhaps, go a bit slower...and maybe pre-stretch.
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Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.