Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Exercise, Workouts and (Clumsy and Easily Avoidable) Injuries {#SmoothBlogger}

Smooth Fitness logo
It has now been three months since the amazing Smooth CE 8.0LC Elliptical Trainer from Smooth Fitness arrived at my door.

And whether I've been feeling extra-motivated or have been slacking off, it has been great getting to know and enjoy this high quality gear ever since the first day. So, other than my own laziness, what else might keep me away from breaking a sweat on this elliptical machine?

The opponents:

In this corner, we have an old dresser. Recently moved out of the guest bedroom that we've slowly been remodeling, it was relegated to the garage for our upcoming garage sale.

antique dresser

In the opposing corner, we have my lovely feet. A little worn from spending the spring and summer barefoot or in flip flops, but still in decent shape with not too outdated of a pedicure.

You'll soon see why one foot is hiding behind the other.

In hindsight, yes, it would have been smarter to have put on tennis shoes before going to help my husband move the dresser. But we were really only turning it around in a circle so that it was more accessible and potential buyers could see the front and drawers. How hard could that be?

Let's just say that if you ever go to move a dresser, keep in mind that you should lift it high enough so that it won't somehow go across your foot, grab onto the toenail on your big toe, and nearly rip it completely off.

Let's also say that, in the unfortunate circumstance that it does happen, it isn't pretty. And that man, it hurts.

Winner: the dresser.

I'm utterly grossed out by the look of my toe, so my thumb has volunteered to reenact the situation with a press-on nail so that you can get a feel for what I have had to hobble around with since last weekend.

press on nail
When my husband first saw my toe he actually thought I had been wearing fake toenails (who does that?) and one was coming off. Only when I enlightened him that it was my actual nail did he understand why I was writhing on the floor.

While the throbbing pain has gone away (aside from the time that Big Sister E accidentally bumped my foot and I yelped or when Little Sister B actually stepped on my toe and I was instantly crouching on the ground clutching it and whimpering), I've been staying in my sandals because putting on socks and shoes doesn't feel pleasant.

Not a big deal for bringing my kids to school or going to the store, but for working out, it's a problem. How can I jump on my elliptical when I can't put on tennis shoes?

So, for the past week, the Smooth CE 8.0LC has stood alone. Neglected. Ignored. Guilt-inducing.

elliptical machine

When doctors recommend resting an athletic injury, they might typically mean things like pulled muscles or sprained ankles, but a hurt toe counts as well, right?

Unfortunately, all of the information that I've found (and heard from other poor folks who have experienced something similar) indicates that all I can do now is wait. My toe will eventually heal itself and hopefully it won't be too long before I can reach for my workout gear once again.

Until then, you haven't seen the last of me, Smooth CE 8.0LC. I'll be back for you. (When I do come back, go easy on my toe though, okay?)

Find out more about Smooth Fitness and the incredible Smooth CE 8.0LC Elliptical Trainer on their website and be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

As a #SmoothBlogger, I have been provided with a Smooth CE 8.0LC Commercial Elliptical from Smooth Fitness. However, all thoughts and opinions shared are honest and my own.


Liz Mays said...

I'm just getting chills of horror all over again hearing this. I hope it heals quickly.

#SmoothBlogger is kind of a misnomer when it comes to you, huh? #KlutzyBlogger is better. ;)

Jenny said...

EEEK! Thanks for using the fake nail for the picture. LOL at your husband thinking you put fake nails on your toes though.

I had a toe injury a few years ago and it hurt worse than having Abby! Seriously, it was one of the worst pains I've ever had.

I hope it heals quickly for you!

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I'm really sorry about your toe! Hopefully you can resume working out soon :)

Amanda S

ashley said...

Ouch! I hope you feel better soon! I had a chunk of my thumb nail cut off once, I can only imagine a toe!

FireRunner2379 said...

Running and exercising without shoes, going barefoot, is a new trend that you should try out. Running barefoot not only feels refreshing but it makes you feel younger, like a kid playing in the yard!

Unknown said...

I'll be honest, I don't always wear shoes on my elliptical machine so, I'd say that you could exercise without shoes as long as it is not too painful ? And ripping a toe nail is really NOT want I ever want to experience, sounds so very painful... and I'm curious to see what it looks a photo!!?? LOL

Anonymous said...

That sounds horrible, I hope you feel better soon!

-Miranda M

Unknown said...

wow hope you feel better soon.

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