Most of our awesome clients that we work with share a few similarities:
- Aged between 30-45
- Parents of young children
- Want to keep fit and maintain a healthy weight
- Starting an exercise program after a long lay-off
- So why do these people get injured so frequently?
Let's explore a few ideas.
If you're moving into your 30's and 40's, your physiology is going to change. Metabolism slows down, Muscle mass decreases, respiratory fitness drops at a gradual rate. This is all normal and part of life.
You tend to spend long hours at work and not get the sleep that you deserve. After all, young kids are expensive to take care of. And that's only the start. You're also preparing breakfast and making lunch, taking them to school and back, bringing them to friends' houses, soccer training on weeknights, making sure they finish their homework, taking them to their games on the weekend...
They can be hard work, right?
So you're stressed!
And it changes the way that you breathe, how you move, your hormones, etc.
If you're a bloke, maybe that beard gets a bit wild and those grey hairs start showing. If you're a lady, Maybe those lines around your eyes and forehead get a bit deeper.
And yes, you either put on a few kilos or your muscles start to turn soft.
So you're not recovering well, you're working long hours, you suffer from poor sleep, you're stressed and your weight changes. What do you do?
We all know the benefits of exercise: "feel-good" hormones, weight management, improved fitness, insulin sensitivity, reduced risk of heart/lung/brain disease, and the list goes on... BUT, there are 2 BIG MISTAKES that a lot of people make:
The first is doing TOO MUCH, TOO SOON
When we exercise or do physical work, we are actually causing micro-damage to our tissues. Normally this heals and recovers and we get stronger afterwards. But what if we do too much exercise and cause too much damage?
We don't have enough time to properly RECOVER which is counter-productive to making progress. And yes, your stress and poor sleep play a MASSIVE role in your ability to recover and remain healthy. The second?
Let's pretend (or maybe you don't need to pretend) that you sprained your ankle a while ago. I bet it was painful at the time, right? So your body - whether you realised or not - avoided putting weight on the painful ankle and actually started to compensate. That ankle/foot is now going to be weaker than it was previously. So what happens if we suddenly increase our running/cross-training/cycling/rowing?
Your technique will be ruined and cause imbalances and injuries to occur. Either the same side starts hurting, or the opposite side starts crying out for help. We see this so often that I had to educate our recreational athletes not to make the same mistakes!
Exercise is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT and has the ability to change lives - that's why you NEED to move well so that you it is sustainable.
After all, is your good health important only for a day?
Or is it crucial for a lifetime?
About the Author:
Lawrence Khuu is a qualified Physiotherapist and Movement Specialist. His mission is to help motivated clients perform at their highest level through a combined hands-on treatment and exercise rehabilitation approach. He currently treats clients at Activ Therapy Casula.
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