ankle physical therapy

Ankle physical therapy (not me pictured)

I’m terrible at doing my ankle exercises. I really should do something everyday, or at least every other day. Spending about 20-30 minutes doing some range of motion, some stability exercises, then some strength work shouldn’t be that big of a deal. It’s really not that hard. I have my own wobble board, foam roller, all types of bands, and an exercise ball. Hell, I don’t even need to go to the gym in order to do my ankle workouts.

But it’s so damn tedious and boring.

I’ve been doing ankle exercises for almost 20 years now to help treat my ankle osteoarthritis. Starting in high school, then in college, and on and off again after college until my first ankle surgery in 2008. Since then ankle exercises has been a constant activity in my life.

20 years of ankle exercises. And I’m only 38. Damn.

The past week I skipped out on doing them. It’s not the first time lapse has happened and it sure will not be the last. I skipped out on them partly because I had a terrible cold. But mainly because I was lazy and didn’t want to do them.

My penance for taking that week off is the necessity to do some simple exercises just to get the range of motion and flexibility back that I lost during that week. Only then I can focus on the core exercises to build more strength and added stability. My ankle’s also really sore after the first day back so it takes one more day just for the osteoarthritis to settle down.

Vacation from ankle physical therapy (Travel Stock Photos)

Vacation from ankle physical therapy (Travel Stock Photos)

There are so many great reasons why I should keep doing my exercises. There’s not really one good reason to stop. Truthfully, I was flat-out tired of doing my ankle exercise every day.

Guess I just needed a vacation.