Many people who are new to fitness – or coming back to it after months or even years of not having a routine – are afraid of getting hurt.
In some ways, I can’t blame them. The last thing you want to do when starting an exercise program that’s supposed to make you healthier and feel better is injure yourself and wind up having to stop.
Also, most of us have probably tried some kind of extreme exercise program in the past, thinking more intense workouts would get us better results. When in reality, doing a bunch of high-intensity, random stuff as fast as you can with 30 other people and only one trainer gets you an appointment for an MRI.
I’m here to share some good news: Your injuries do NOT define you.
They’re part of your anatomy, and we can’t ignore them. After all, the time machine is broken and not even the best coach in the world can un-tear your labrum or meniscus.
But injuries can and should be managed, and they do not need to hold you back from doing all the things you love to do.
As with anything else, focus on controlling the controllables.
Stress/Diet/Sleep: Unlike the damaged cartilage in your knee, you can control your stress, diet and sleep, all factors that have a massive impact on your physical and emotional health, not to mention your longevity. Simple changes to your diet (like eating lots of fruits and vegetables, incorporating lean protein and healthy fats, and supplementing where appropriate) can give you more energy for your workouts and help you recover better and faster. Healthy stress management practices, like mindful meditation, can reduce cortisol levels (the body’s “stress hormone”). And the holy grail of recovery – sleep – can keep you doing all the activities you want and need to do.
Functional Diagnosis: This includes things like joint mobility and soft tissue flexibility, and both can absolutely be improved with targeted and methodical corrective exercise, not to mention a proper dynamic warmup and cooldown stretch.
Having an injury history doesn’t mean you should stop working out or avoid certain exercises completely. With guidance from a qualified, experienced coach, you can continue doing all the things you love as you age.
And that’s really the name of this game called “life,” isn’t it?
P.S. If you would like some help achieving your goals there are few ways we can help…
1. Ready To Pickle...
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the US, and millions realize that it is easy to learn, great exercise, and a lot of fun! But did you also know that the rates of injuries due to Pickleball are rapidly on the rise?
If you love pickleball but don’t want to end up with the strains, sprains and soreness that can go along with it, join Personal Trainer Jenn Goebel for “Ready to Pickle” … a 6-week program that will focus on strength training and injury prevention specific to the sport.
If you are interested in learning more reply back to this email "Pickle" and I will get you over all the details.
2. Join Our Jump Start Semi-Private Training Program
Need alittle push to get started on your new year resolution? Join our jump start training program. We will help you lose weight and get your energy back. You will get the attention and accountability you need to reach your fitness goals.
This program includes Six 60min Semi-Private training sessions, One 30min Private Coaching Session, The ADK Kickstart nutrition guide, and access to the ADK training app all for $175.
Just reply back to this email with 'Jump Start' and I'll get you over the details.
3. Free Exercise As Medicine Workshop REPLAY: Balance
Falls are the most common cause of serious injuries in older adults. Balance issues tend to start after 40 with the loss of strength but don’t worry there are few things you can do about it.
If you missed the workshop and would like to get access to the workshop videos. Reply back “Replay” and I will get you the video replay and hand outs as soon as they are ready.
4. Fitness Fix…Over The Phone
If you’re feeling frustrated or stuck when it comes to your fitness progress, let’s chat. Sometimes it just takes an outside perspective to find simple fixes that will get you back on track.
Just reply with ‘Fix’ in the subject line and we’ll set up a time to talk.
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