When I first injured my hamstring, I was in so much pain that I didn't want to do much of anything. I only grudgingly did the gentle stretches given to me by my sports medicine doctor. I just felt too bad. I'm talking "I guess I don't need the thing I left downstairs because it would hurt too much to go get it" bad. It was pretty demoralizing to feel so helpless.
This week I have been feeling better, so I have been gently doing more activity. Not a lot of official exercise, but doing more around the house and some easy walking around the neighborhood. Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, I hit my 10,000 steps goal. Today I went to my Pilates Circuit class, which is a full-body interval-based strength workout. There are only 6 of us in the class, so I knew I could get help modifying anything that didn't work for me with my injury. It all felt fine. Just to be safe, I'm icing my knee right now.
I am going to be visiting with my family this weekend, so I'm going to have to be careful not to overdo it when playing with my nephews. But I'm glad that things seem to be progressing nicely. I am going to try a little easy biking today and may try to go to swimming practice tomorrow night.
For next week, I'm thinking of trying yoga, swimming, and maybe some strength training. I see the doctor again on May 14, and that should help me to decide where to go from here. I'm grateful that this was a muscle and not a joint injury, since the chance of a full recovery is so much better.