I've been making loads of fitness mistakes lately in not properly warming up, performing improper form, and not gradually increasing my workout load, so as a result I've ended up with numerous injuries that I'm still dealing with. Last August I didn't properly warm-up before doing body-weight training, so I ended up with tendonitis in my biceps and I'm still feeling the discomfort, pain, and weakness in the muscles as a result, today almost 5 months later. In June I got a little too excited, albeit I was angry and went to the gym for a bag work-out. I ended up having pain in my wrists from punching too hard with poor mind to technique, that pain still appears sometimes today when I do push-ups and the like. In October or November I tried my hand at conditioning for Muay Thai before actually getting formal training for it, and I hurt my left ankle in the process. The pain in my ankle isn't an issue on a daily basis, I only ever know I have it when I wake up in the morning and take my first few steps. Furthermore, I can't kick with my shin on that leg because it triggers the ankle pain. And the most recent, I went for a run because I wanted to work on something while my shoulders are still healing and now I think I might have shin splints or a shin stress fracture that may or may not be a result of running too much too soon and failed attempts at shin conditioning.
In other words, I suck, and I feel like my body sucks. My impatience and lack of respect for my body's limitations has put me in a state where I feel like I'm falling apart. I work in a grocery store, and subject myself to all kinds labor throughout the day. And because so many older individuals frequent grocery stores, they look at me like I'm crazy when I make a face and grab my shoulder in pain or when I mention pain anywhere else. These 50-60+ people look at me, a 21 year older kid who's supposed to be in his physical prime like I'm an idiot for being in pain. And they're right, I am an idiot, because all of it is my fault. I have aspirations of making it in a career where you need to be fit to last, because right now, with my physique, skills, and mentality, I'm nowhere near ready for it. And as an added hurdle, I only have about 2-3 years to be ready for it since I plan to apply a year after I finish my degree (which should be this fall if all goes well). My attempts at expediting the process have failed and backfired completely. I completely understand that now.
So I ask, fellow darebees, how would you approach this situation? Do any of you have a similar situation? (I would love to hear about it) How do you train with a number of injuries without furthering said injuries?
Besides diet and sleep, which is something I'm trying really hard to work on, what else can I do? Ice, heat, liniments, balms, herbal supplements, self massages, wrapping the affliction, what else can I do? What should I focus on?