Thursday, September 13, 2018
The Best Way to Ensure You Never Get Injured Again When Returning to Your Favorite Activity or Sport September 11, 2018
What is your plan to stay out of pain once your treatments with your physical therapist are over?
If you do the same thing you’ve always done, you’ll be back at your Physical Therapist’s office in no time flat. And it’s not that your Physical Therapist won’t be happy to see you—he will for sure—but let’s not forget that he’s in the practice of helping people heal. So if you become a “repeat offender,” he’ll start to feel like he’s not able to help you. So, in order to help him help you, you must learn to help yourself. Let’s face it no one likes to get hurt.
But if we are all really, truly honest with ourselves, the reason we got hurt is that our bodies were not prepared to do whatever it was we were doing at the time we got injured. In the strength and conditioning world this is known as GPP- General Physical Preparedness.
I’m not talking about the person who was in a horrific car accident or the person recovering from multiple stab wounds. I’m talking about the rest of us who have suffered from orthopedic injuries—shoulders, lower backs, knees, hips, ankles, wrists, etc.
The reality is if we are brutally honest with ourselves it’s that we weren’t proactive with our lives. We play tennis to get in shape for tennis, golf for golf, and run to run. It makes perfect sense, right—unless of course there’s a life outside of those activities.
Wait a minute, there is. And that “life” gets in the way. We do things that interfere with our activities and we end up neglecting ourselves: Lack of sleep; too much of the wrong food; not enough of the right exercise, etc.
So how do we ensure that life doesn’t sneak up on us again and get hurt doing the things we love?
Here are some quick steps to take:
Ask yourself the question, “Am I in better physical shape now then when I started my activity that I love?” If the answer is, “No,” honestly evaluate what makes you think you’ll be able to participate in your favorite activity now the same or better than you did before.
Determine what activity you do the most of each day, and evaluate how that impacts the thing you love to do. The majority of people spend all day sitting, which means the muscles on the front of your body get short and tight and the muscles on the backside of your body get weaker. You need to address these issues, these weaknesses, these problems, otherwise you are setting yourself up for more injuries. How do you do that? Through an intelligent exercise program—usually one different from the one you’re currently doing, or not doing, whichever the case may be.
Determine exactly how much time you want to spend doing the things that allow you to do what you love better. The reality is, time is always at a premium. How much time do you have? We all have the same amount—24 hours each day, some of us just use it a little better than others. If we look at some of the recommendations that used to be prescribed, none of us have two hours each day to get “healthier.” We need something better.
So where do you go from here? How do you find the right exercise program that keeps you injury-free and allows you to be a better runner, golfer, tennis player, biker, whatever?
You need a program that addresses all the areas of weakness that we mentioned before. You need a program that helps you move better; one that strengthens your lower back, your abs, your shoulders, your hips; one that helps you make healthier decisions regarding your lifestyle choices—choices that help support whatever it is you love to do. You also need a program that covers all of these in as little time as each week as possible. (How’s less than three hours per week sound to you?)
You need a program that makes you RESILIENT. This is where Rapid Results Fitness and kettlebell training fits into your life.
A kettlebell looks like a cannonball with a handle on it. It comes in all sizes—small and light to big and very heavy. And just about everybody can use one, and it’s no doubt that everybody should use one.
Because kettlebells have the uncanny ability to make your back stronger with special exercises virtually unique to kettlebell training and not found in any health club or gym. Not only that, they make your abdominals, hips, and hamstrings (the backs of your legs) stronger –critical components to getting out of back pain and staying out of back pain. When these muscles are weak, they force your lower back to do all the work—bending, twisting, turning, stooping—all the things you need to do in life, but can’t with a bad back.
Not only is kettlebell training great for strengthening your lower back, unlike other exercises and exercise programs, it’s safe and healthy for the rest of your joints too. It’s the only form of exercise that strengthens your muscles, joints, and heart and lungs ensuring cardiovascular health without your feet ever leaving the ground!
If you are ready to stay out of pain, and become resilient you owe it to yourself to investigate kettlebell training and our program at Rapid Results Fitness. Go to our website www.rapidresultsfitness.net where you will learn from the best on how to safely and effectively use your body and train with kettlebells to stay out of pain AND become physically prepared and resilient for life!