Are you building Fitness or an Injury?
Our culture praises the hard workers. In our gym we see the common trend of members who are working hard and stressing their bodies out! Demanding careers with long hours in front of a computer, are making it increasingly difficult to become the most healthy and fit versions of ourselves.
We assume we can workout intensely and recover with the “adult lifestyles” we now have. Long gone are the days where we could play sports after school and just come home for dinner. Now we have families and jobs that require a lot of time. We do not bounce back like we did when we were in school, but yet we attempt to train just as hard.
There is a disconnect here with what we can achieve with our bodies, lives and time. We have to account for a few things when we approach our fitness. Do our bodies have great movements patterns, are we mobile and can we engage our muscles properly. Then we need to determine the level of stress we can create during our training to create adaptations in order to improve our ascetics or performance. If we are naturally stressed out people, we will want to adapt our training so we do not overload our central nervous system. That would impact us and began pushing us over to the injury side of the spectrum. If we do not have stressful jobs or are great at managing our stress, we have a bit more room to train harder and create fitness adaptations.
It is important to listen to our bodies, to differentiate between a bit of soreness after workouts or being overworked. There is a big difference in being sore and on the brink of aggravating an injury! We think we can push through being tight or sore, but in reality that is a sign to mobilize and get more fuel.
Two factors can play into how long it takes to recover and if things get better because we learned something during the experience. One, we learn how essential mobility, warming up and now rehabbing the body is. Two, we must actually focus on rehab and mobility during that period. Only then can we truly repair and learn that a steady and sometimes even slow climb is best.
We all love to PB, but if in the end its a race only met with setbacks of being hurt.. was it really worth it? If we get to that point in our relationship with our bodies.. to find where we push the limits and found where they are, then that is a great lesson as well. We just know that in doing so.. we also do our best to heal and take that time to recover and learn those weaknesses. Those things are now “goat work” and we must give them equal attention in our pursuit of greatness!
START NOW on prevention for this and thank me later.. time consuming mobility will happen at some point, better before versus after! Our in house Osteopath will he happy to help.