Has pain become your body’s ‘normal’ setting? I hope not, but if it has, you must keep reading.
It’s almost weird not to be in pain...
I hurt for years all over my body. I have told my shoulder story, but what I haven’t told you is about the miserable joint pain, back pain, and even stomach pain I suffered with since I was 16!
Since time travel isn’t an option, at least I can share how I got out of pain, and the good news it’s not really all that complicated. It’s just knowing what to do, and/or avoiding things that cause the pain cycle to start. And if it does start how to STOP it in it’s tracks!
If I listed all my woes from past injuries to chronic random pain, we would be here all day. So I will just touch on the big ones that caused me the greatest grief.
My very first chronic issue came early in life. It was good ol’ ‘sciatica’. And it was gnarly and pretty much torture. I still can’t believe I had to deal with that at such a young age, but it started at age 16 and finally just disappeared at age 25. I saw so many chiropractors it was ridiculous. They all told me the same thing, that I would need to keep getting treatments because my ‘hips’ were off, my legs were out of balance, etc. I also developed a new disease they were calling ‘IBS’ (now it’s all over the news like we should just accept it and take big pharma’s pills for it). All STRESS related!
So what finally solved that one? Shifting focus. I chose to focus on my pain and illness as a distraction all those years. And the truth is, there was NOTHING wrong with me. I had no injury, no damage, no imbalance, no intestinal disease. I was simply creating pain to keep me from focusing on my life, which was very challenging and stressful for me at the time. I had some deep mental wounds I needed to heal, and until I did, the pain would not go away. So when my life changed and my focus changed from negative to positive, the pain went away. Amazing.
Flash forward a few years to age 34. At this point I had smoked a pack a day for 18 years, drank alcohol in great excess almost every day for the same period of time and was sick. Very sick. My body ached every day, and even though I had finally quit smoking and drinking, I was a wreck. I even came down with whooping cough, which by the way is no joke! I am pretty sure I broke a couple ribs during that bout of illness. It was awful.
But what happened over the next few years was only something that can be told with hindsight. I started exercising (a good thing, right?), as in mild walks which became more vigorous over time. But within just a few months, my heels and ankles were KILLING me. Why? Two reasons: crappy shoes and too much too soon! I became obsessed with walking for miles every day, even in my work shoes, which were not for walking like that. Plus, I was clocking too many miles. So I invested in some heel cups from a website called www.heelthatpain.com (I do not promote them, but they worked so you should know about them!) and got better shoes. Problem solved, but it took a few months and lot of pain and frustration! But there was that point where I thought I would have to accept the pain as permanent!
After that was the knee pain. It hurt to sit on the toilet. I thought I had arthritis! I could barely get out of bed at night or in the morning. I had to ‘warm up’ just to take a few steps and walk. Seriously, it was bad. And I learned over time it was attributed to three things - overworked muscles, imbalanced muscles AND a crappy diet. I was walking too much, not doing anything else, and eating lots and lots of....SUGAR and WHEAT. Yep. I loved ice cream, pasta, bread, more ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and all late at night when my poor body could not metabolize it (just like it couldn’t handle the beer all those years before, and I was still ‘addicted’). I liken it to putting broken glass in your joints. These foods are so inflaming, if you eat them regularly and have any sensitivity to them (for me wheat was the basis for all my underlying allergies my whole life and I never knew!) you are setting yourself up for PAIN. Crippling, chronic pain.
So by mostly eliminating sugar (a girl’s gotta have her chocolate) and completely eliminating wheat, and balancing my exercise program (I bought a mini-trampoline and started weight lifting), I finally solved the knee issue. But it was long, grueling, and seemingly endless. I just needed to know what I know now! But again, I was almost to a point of accepting pain forever. I thought I was just ‘getting old’. Bull!!! Don’t ever believe that, I don’t care how old you are.
Next was the crippling shoulder injury. 5 years from 2009 to 2014 of misery. I had a documented injury of two rotator cuff tendons that would not heal, was told I had arthritis and tendinitis and eventually adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) that no remedy on earth would treat (I know because I tried them all), and surgery was only a 50/50 shot so no way was I going there. If you don’t know my story, you can watch my video here: Get Out Of Pain and Get Healed with SCENAR
By that point, my diet was pretty good, I was a personal trainer by 2012, and thought I had the answers, but nothing worked. Wow, was that frustrating. What the heck? Why wouldn’t I heal?
Well, what I know now is our body goes into a negative pain cycle over time when pain becomes chronic. When it is as bad as my shoulder was, nothing but an intervention would have stimulated the tissue to regenerate itself. But when I learned it was possible, I still didn’t believe it until I had the therapy, SCENAR therapy, and got my shoulder back. This time I truly, deeply believed I would be in pain forever too. So shifting that mindset only came AFTER I saw the results. Which is also amazing to me. Because I was so negative and frustrated. 5 years is a loooong time to hurt with no relief and only a progressive downslide. So to be healed in 6 weeks seemed like a miracle, but in reality, it was a simple, safe, electro-chemical process that fixed me up with no pain, no surgery, and all I had to do was show up for my appointments (which were only 15 minutes long by the way).
What I know now is this: WE DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER CHRONIC PAIN. If you are suffering now, please do something about it. Contact me! I can help you! My mission in life is to share this technology with everyone. I own a SCENAR. I treat myself with it. Anyone into exercise and/or sports should own one. Anyone with pain needs one. I can help you own your own, or just get the treatment.
Please don’t waste time being in pain. I want you to write an article someday, saying how amazing it is to be free of pain and how you got there, and please share it with me. I am free! Join me...
By the way, I still prove to myself the sugar/pain theory, because I love sugar. And sometimes I go off the rails a little and eat a bit too much. Guess what happens? My hands are like claws in the morning and my body feels stiff and awful. Imagine if you do that to yourself every day all day with processed food, sugar, flour, high fructose corn syrup etc.? I think you know the answer...
Be WELL everyone. Get out of pain.
BODY MOTION EVOLUTION
Get out of pain and get strong!
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
I asked a question on Facebook the other night:
What is the most important factor in getting real results from exercise?
I received these responses:
Loving yourself enough to take care of your core
‘Doing it’ (I call this Showing Up)
And because they are all valid, I wanted to make more than a quick FB blurb about why they are all important, why, and which one I think is the MOST important. This order might not be relative to where you are, but it will show up as a general pattern in our lives under just about any circumstance.
So let’s start with motivation. Face it, without some type of motivation, we might not do much of anything good for us. I mean, if we were all feeling 100% healthy, loved how we looked and felt, got compliments every day on how strong we are and how inspiring we are without doing a thing, then who needs motivation? But that’s crazy! You can’t have all that without taking care of yourself. And if you have been slacking in the exercise department and eating crap and not sleeping enough, you probably feel tired, unhealthy, don’t like how your body looks and feels, etc.
Enter MOTIVATION. But what type of motivation? Are you running TO health? Or AWAY from sickness? TO strength? Or AWAY from weakness? That’s going to be up to you to choose which works best. I used to say, ‘I’ll never go back to sickness and weakness’ but now I prefer to think of ‘always staying healthy and strong’. It’s more positive and feels better to me. But it changed with time. Any way you slice it though, motivation is usually just a kick starter.
With that said, at least in my opinion. It is FLEETING. I know you all know this. You are gung ho to lose that belly fat, then two weeks later you realize you don’t care anymore and all the sit-ups you are doing are boring (and don’t work anyway) your results are nil so you bail. Back to where you were. So now what?
On to Loving Yourself. This one is tricky, and becomes a bit of a chicken or egg conundrum. But I will stick with what I know, and say this: I DID NOT LOVE MYSELF AT ALL when I started getting healthy. In fact, I hated my body, hated my face, my hair, my lungs (I smoked and couldn’t breathe), my skin, pretty much everything about myself. I lived in self deprecation land. And it sucked. But giving the choice of live or die, I chose to live. Which means that I must not have hated myself to DEATH! Ha! Which also means I loved myself ENOUGH to do something. even a little something, like start walking. And that is what I did.
Over time, as I got stronger, I started changing my eating habits to fuel my body for my exercise, because I wanted to feel better and better. Now I have that love for myself that keeps me healthy! Yeah! So whether you hate being weak or would LOVE to be strong, hopefully this comes from a place of self-love.
Enter ‘SHOWING UP.’ Once motivation wanes and your devil on the shoulder is giving you daily reasons why you should stay in bed or flop on the couch after work, this is where you need to hit the ‘ignore’ button and SHOW UP. If you are not able to do this on your own, get an accountability partner, hire a trainer, post on Facebook that you have planned your workout, schedule it in your calendar. Do whatever you must. But SHOW UP. Walk for a mile. Skip around your living room. Do a few squats. Then do a few more. There are thousands of different ways to exercise, from the simplest, to the most complex. But you don’t have to run 20 miles or spend hours in the gym! You just have to do something. You have to show up.
So this of course segues into consistency. KEEP showing up. And this means for ALWAYS. Find what you like to do and keep doing it. Experiment. Challenge yourself. Play! Honestly, the trick is to find what you WILL keep doing. And do it. And do it again and again. Consistency equals HABIT, which in my opinion, is the #1 driving force behind everything we do as humans, healthy and unhealthy. But once a week does not cut it folks. That does not even qualify as half-assed. You have to do something almost every day to get real results. And you should work hard at least three days a week for 20-30 minutes. On the other days, do a nice long walk. And if a walk is all you can do right now, just do it each day! You will get stronger and will be more motivated (see it comes back around) to do more. That was the exact path I took to where I am today. And it’s a habit now so it’s easy!
And lastly, getting proper rest is important, but right now many of you are resting too much! (you know who you are...)
But if you decide to dive into a weight lifting program, an intense exercise program, etc. ONLY DO WHAT YOU CAN, not what you can’t! And take those days off in between to recover by taking easy long walks. Those are stress busters, and fight fat by reducing your stress hormone cortisol (that’s a whole different article).
And lastly, consistency applies to your eating habits. You can NEVER out-exercise a bad diet. But I do believe getting the right exercise consistently will motivate you to eat better! It sure worked for me.
Be well everyone! Let me know how I can help you on the way to your fittest, strongest, healthiest you!
For days I have been mulling over the idea of a ‘perfect’ blog post. The one that will tell you what to do to get the most powerful, efficient, mind-blowing results - RIGHT AWAY.
Most people, myself included, want what we want NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week or next month. However, most of us are also realists. We know deep down that something which is fulfilling and life changing will probably take some effort. And time. We don’t get strong sitting around all day. We don’t feel better by eating fast food and processed junk.
So although that elusive ‘perfect post’ really doesn’t exist, you can do a couple things right now that will improve how you look and feel.
One is to actively be aware of your posture. Make sure your head is not forward, that you keep your hips rocked back and not tipped forward (the latter would arch your low back-not good!) and that your shoulders are back over the hips and not rounded forward. Also, feel like you are lifting through the ribs up toward the ceiling, i.e. lengthen your waist. Feel better? Feel sexier? More confident? You should!
And the other ‘right now’ tip is to eat something good for you. And I mean really really good for you! One of my favorite, easy, go-to, ridiculously healthy foods is spinach! I do not like cold salad (it makes me sad...ha ha!) so I fill a pot with as many handfuls as I can jam in there and then wilt it for a couple minutes. I add just a tiny bit of butter and salt and voila! That enormous pot of greens shrinks to about 8 bites. Also, Trader Joe’s now has something called ‘Power Greens’ ready to eat. It is baby kale, spinach and chard and it also tastes great prepared as described. If you are a salad eater, by all means, eat it raw! But be wary of your salad dressing. Most of that has gross stuff in it like canola and soybean oil. Not exactly health food. Fresh lemon and olive oil make a great choice. Or make something tangy with raspberries and avocado.
And if you need a full meal, nothing is easier than cooking a chicken breast or breast fillet in a little coconut oil or butter. When it’s nearly done, bury it in the greens, let them wilt, and your meal is done. I also will throw on some sauerkraudt. Or horseradish.
Maybe these ideas sound boring, but if you are going out for fast food, I will assume you are not into cooking. Neither am I, so I came up with great, easy quick meals that are satisfying and taste good. And keep me from craving junk.
And since I am on the food tip train, here is an amazing dessert that I just made for myself tonight: a cup of frozen raspberries, two tablespoons of plain greek yogurt, and a tablespoon of almond butter. Oh my gosh! It’s delicious. And amazingly good for you. If you can’t eat dairy, then just skip the yogurt. I eat this kind of thing almost every day. It’s my super treat that is good for me and I look forward to eating. So I don’t feel like I need to raid the kitchen when I am done.
And last but not least, if you haven’t found an exercise program that works for you, I recommend this: http://tidyurl.com/BMECT50
I have been using Tyler’s programs for years and not only are they simple, they don’t take forever and they are extremely effective for getting lean, strong and healthy. Which is what I am all about! I absolutely hate long, slow boring cardio workouts and you should too-they are bad for you! Tyler will explain all of that here: http://tidyurl.com/BMECT50
And as I always say, you can’t train right or live well if you are in pain. And there is no better way to get out of pain than by taking care of your body. If you suffer from an acute injury or have been a victim of chronic nagging pain, you CAN be healed. Please check out my video explaining how SCENAR technology saved my shoulder without surgery: Get Out Of Pain and Get Healed with SCENAR. And start your quick and easy journey to getting pain free. So many people shamelessly promote things that don’t work to make a buck. I want people to heal. And spread the word. That is and will always be my main motivation and truth.
Here’s to living life to the fullest!
I am beyond compelled to share my Shoulder Story, and the marvelous therapy that repaired it: SCENAR. I encourage you to read on if you have ever been diagnosed with an injury, have a disease of any kind (you would be blown away to know what SCENAR treats) and/or have chronic pain. You do NOT have to accept living in pain. You CAN heal. And this treatment protocol is well within your grasp. Read on...
It’s almost hard to believe that over 5 years have passed since my original diagnosis:
Impingement and Rotator Cuff Tendinitis. That was on 5/4/2009, when I went to see a Scripps Orthopedic doctor for pain and popping I was having in my right shoulder. On that day I began a long, exhausting journey on the road to finally healing my shoulder. Had I known what I know now, it never had to be that way or take that long.
Back in 2008 I began coaching volleyball at the YMCA, and softball in Rancho Bernardo, because my daughters were interested in those sports, and that’s what an athletic Mom does! So for the next several years, overhead arm activity became a regular part of my life, as I continued to coach.
I remember the day l decided to see a doctor. I was holding two dumbbells and doing what is called a ‘front raise’ (now I avoid that exercise like the plague!) where you raise the dumbbells with straight arms out in front of your body. That was in 2009, and by then I was already feeling some pinching in my shoulder, but I had ignored it. While raising the dumbbells, I heard a loud POP in my right shoulder where the clavicle bone meets the shoulder joint. Ow. So what the heck was that? I know now it was body telling me my shoulder was compromised and weak. However, it was not going to stop me!
I kept coaching, and serving a volleyball proved to be quite excruciating, but the show and the job must go on, so I endured for a few months while waiting for my doctor’s appointment. I was afraid to go, because I was sure they would tell me I couldn’t coach anymore. But go I did, and had my first round of x-rays, which revealed some arthritis, and tendinitis, and based on my ROM tests, impingement.
The good doctor sent me to physical therapy. This was in June, 2009. I attended religiously, but admit I was stubborn and kept trying to do workouts around my shoulder pain. But the truth was, everything I did hurt. Whether I moved it or not, I hurt. I did stop coaching volleyball for the few weeks I was in therapy. But by the end of the PT, I was no better than when I started. Not worse, just not better.
At that point, I decided I would just have to live with it. but I had to leave coaching in 2012 because of the pain. I started researching shoulder impingement, arthritis, RC tears, you name it, and tried programs and exercises, tried icing, resting, stretching, ANYTHING to make it better. But by 2012, my arm started to experience good ol’ adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and I saw a sports doctor and requested an MRI. At this point I had become Personal Fitness Trainer, and was trying to conduct boot camps and couldn’t even demonstrate a proper pushup. I was pretty sure this was the end of the road, and surgery was around the corner. But I had to push for a diagnosis, so went back to my primary care physician.
May 10th, 2012, I had another round of X-rays which revealed “Degenerative Changes”.
‘Mild glenohumeral joint space narrowing, mild to moderate A.C. joint degeneration is also noted.’ What does that mean? It means it’s time to see a sports specialist. That specialist suggested I could do another round of physical therapy, or just ‘live with it’. No way to either, I said. So finally I got approved for an MRI. Here are the findings verbatim from the MRI done 6/8/2012:
There is a thickening and fluid signal within the subacromial/subdeltoid bursa. Linear intrasubstance signal within the infraspinatus tendon is compatible with an intrasubstance tear. There is also abnormal signal within the supraspinatus tendon which is compatible with a partial tear versus intrasubstance tear.
Subscapularis and teres minor tendons are intact and unremarkable.
Bone marrow signal characteristics are homogeneous. Bicipital tendon is normally positioned within its groove. Glenoid labrum is grossly unremarkable.
- Subacromial/subdeltoid bursitis
- Supraspinatus instrasubstance versus partial tear articular surface (my note-this is contradictory to findings above which says it was a partial tear)
- Infraspinatus instrasubstance tear
I sat with the sports specialist to review the findings. He said I could now see the Ortho Surgeon, which I did. All he could do was suggest a cortisone shot to see if it would reduce the inflammation. I didn’t want to do it, but agreed to have ONE. It did absolutely nothing. If anything, made me worse. So my last appointment with the surgeon was July, 2012, when he said I could try surgery or live with the shoulder as-is, because as he put it, it wasn’t ‘that bad’, and surgery only had a 50/50 chance of improving anything, AND I would be out of commission for MONTHS while I recovered. Yikes. No thanks.
So a year later, in May of 2013, I go rogue, and try chiropractors (two different ones) and acupuncture with no results. And I mean nothing. Then one day a friend asked me to play in a softball game. I figured I would try, but by that point throwing anything was a stupid idea. I tried to throw a ball in from the outfield and collapsed in pain. I was sure this was the end of the end...surgery was my only way out.
Enter my chance meeting with Dr. Peter Lathrop. I had found a networking group of entrepreneurs and around September 2013, had a brief conversation with Peter at a meeting. He said he could heal me. Quickly. Without surgery. He briefly explained SCENAR therapy and I was indeed very curious, but understandably skeptical.
But I made my first appointment and had a consultation in October. Peter made it very clear that I was not to do ANYTHING with my shoulder while it was healing, and if I followed his instruction I would be able to get on with my life in 4 weeks. Well, it took a little longer (about 6 weeks), but was worth it. I was then evaluated by his partner, DC and Certified ART therapist Anna Phillips, who performed A.R.T. on me for a couple of weeks before I was sent on my way. I should have done a little more therapy, and if I had to change anything, it would be to do at least another week or two of ART.
I will admit, at this point, I was not convinced I was healed. I still had range of motion issues and pain (but was MUCH better). But after a few weeks, I noticed something-I was doing pushups in my new boxing class without pain, holding my shoulders up and tight in a boxing stance and punching without pain, and getting stronger and stronger.
I can do now do pullups and throw a ball again. My pain is gone, I can move, I don’t think about my shoulder anymore! I never thought that day would come.
So did it cost me money? Yes. Was it worth it? YES YES YES!!!
I am a firm believer in SCENAR therapy, and would do it all over again. What I want people to know is if they have been X-rayed and have no bone issues but have pain, seek out a certified SCENAR therapist like Dr. Peter Lathrop or others he has trained. Don’t waste years of your life in pain, going from doctor to doctor, and worse, have surgery, when it’s not necessary!
I want to get this message and this technology out to the Chiropractors, Doctors, Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, and mainly the PEOPLE WHO ARE PAIN WHO DO NOT NEED TO BE! You should not accept pain and injury as permanent. Our bodies were designed to heal themselves, and when they get stuck, SCENAR gets you un-stuck. This therapy was FDA approved in 2010.
Call me or email me. Find out more. You deserve to know about this. Everyone does.
BODY MOTION EVOLUTION
Get out of pain and get strong!
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
and Partner with Dr. Peter Lathrop
I wanted to follow up my blog yesterday on back pain with an article I wrote some time back on using the ol' stability ball as a chair. I have been sitting on one for 10 years! It's the best...anyway, enjoy! And don't spend a lot of money on a 'fancy' ball. The best ball I ever had (and still have) was $7.99 at Ross.
The stability ball, AKA fitness ball, has been touted for years as an essential and affordable piece of home gym equipment. But recently many have discovered the benefits of the stability ball as a chair.
After sitting in a chair for just minutes, many people lean forward or slouch, which compromises their posture. Some cross their legs, lean to one side, or sit on a foot, which may create muscle imbalances. The stability ball requires good posture to balance properly. Good posture helps eliminate muscle imbalances which are a common cause of back pain.
On a stability ball, the body must move constantly to maintain balance. This movement engages and strengthens core muscles, and helps eliminate leg fatigue by improving circulation. Also, all the extra movement burns calories, up to 350 per day!
Movement also generates energy. Because one must move continuously on a ball, the body enjoys higher energy levels and experiences greater stamina near the end of the workday.
In a very short time, the body adapts to the unstable surface. One can even stretch backward over the ball or do a few mini-crunches and back extensions, using the legs to maintain balance. This releases tension from the spine and rejuvenates the entire upper body.
Bouncing up and down on the ball pumps the spinal discs, and delivers oxygen-rich blood and nutrients. Anyone who has suffered a herniated disc can appreciate the benefits of this simple exercise. Bouncing also affords a postural ‘reset’ if shoulder slumping or slouching should occur.
At $10.00 to $40.00 each, balls cost a fraction of a standard office chair. They are lightweight and extremely portable. To easily inflate a ball, reverse the hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner. Most vacuums come with a small nozzle that will fit into any ball. If this option is not available, hand pumps are usually included.
A 65cm stability ball works best for office desks, but the size may vary based on personal preference and upper body height.
Kids love stability balls too, and they get all the same benefits as adults. They may even enjoy doing homework.
Using a stability ball at home and at the office will increase your energy and stamina and will greatly improve posture with regular use. It will also prevent back pain and help with existing pain, increase core strength and bring a little joy to the work day. No chair can do that. Give it a try at home, and then ask the boss if you can use it at work. Google employees sit on them every day.
How can I help you? I specialize in getting people out of pain through exercise and by utilizing SCENAR therapy for injuries and pain.
Probably because you sit at a desk all day.
And if you don’t and your back still hurts, you should check your standing posture by using a mirror, or possibly get other help - see my other posts on exercise, posture, SCENAR, etc. Mainly you are looking for a few things: your ears should be over your
shoulders, your shoulders over your hips, and hips over ankles. If any of those are off, then you need to make adjustments and work on maintaining that good posture in everything you do!
OK, so back to the desk. I want to make this quick, although the solution will take time, attention and constant practice and mindfulness.
1. GET UP
There is NO REASON why you should be tied to a chair for more than 20 minutes at a time. We live in America. No one is going to tell you you can’t stand up for a minute. So do it. If you say you can’t, I don’t believe you and I think you must like pain OR you need to quit that job TODAY! Stand, walk around, do jumping jacks, shrug your shoulders, stretch, anything (well don’t go to the kitchen for a donut). Just get the heck out of that chair 3 times an hour MINIMUM.
2. CHECK YOUR POSTURE
When we sit, we have a tendency to arch our low back and lean forward, which shortens and tightens those low back muscles and stretches out the glutes and hamstrings. So the low back gets way over-worked, and the butt and back of legs get weak and stretched out. I recommend a couple things here. Get a stability ball to sit on, or simply squeeze your glutes slightly and activate your abdominal muscles by creating light pressure, and lift the ribs like you are trying to reach them straight up to the ceiling. Keep shoulders heavy and relaxed as much as possible. This will set you up in an active posture for your core. Yes, you can relax every so often, but it is important you activate the abs and backside often so they don’t ‘go to sleep.’
And along with those posture suggestions, check your head. Are you looking up? Down? Is your head forward in front of your shoulders? None of these positions is good for the back or the neck. Try to get the computer at eye level. Laptops are awful for your poor neck. I set mine up on a high table whenever I can. I even bought a $20 adjustable desk from IKEA that I can set on a chair at home. Works just fine.
When we are stressed, we breathe shallow and into our chest. If your body does not get the oxygen it needs to function, you will inevitably get tired faster, you won’t be able to support your postural muscles, and the end result is poor posture, fatigue and more back pain. Me mindful of your breath and breath into your belly, not your chest.
4. GET HELP
You may also want to get some help from a trainer, or someone who can help you with your postural deficiencies. Because if you are going from a poor seated posture to a poor standing one, everything you do will reinforce that bad posture, and then you are at a very high risk for injury, not to mention chronic pain.
I specialize in helping people get out of pain and get fit. Let me know what I can do to help!
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Body Motion Evolution
Do You Rest Enough?
As a society seemingly obsessed with getting in ‘better shape’, we forget a key element in protecting our bodies from total meltdown - REST.
Now if you haven’t gotten around to exercise in months and you’re already tired, then this article does not apply to you...stay tuned.
I am speaking to the physically pfffft. Those who are working their asses off, seeing no change in their physical body, but are exhausted every day and wondering WHY THE HECK AM I NOT GETTING STRONGER? Or worse, getting weaker.
I used to be like you. I spend hours every week on the treadmill thinking that was a smart way to burn calories and get ‘in shape’. I lost a ton of muscle and ended up ‘skinny fat’. Gross! (I need to find a picture...it’s weird) I thought that was what I should be doing. But I was also taxing my poor adrenal and hormonal system right into exhaustion and I felt horrible. I was even depressed. And FRUSTRATED!
So what was I doing wrong? And what about rest?
I was working my body too long, too much. I was doing the very thing that made my body think it was starving and exhausted, which was long, slow cardio. Our bodies were not designed for this! We are designed to fight or flee, or rest or play. And how long do you think it should take to fight or flee? NOT AN HOUR. I laugh as I write that.
So now I work out for 30 minutes AT THE MOST, and probably rest just as much as I work during that time. For example, I set a timer for a minute, do as many pushups as I can, rest as long as I need to, then do more, then rest, then do more. When that minute is up, I might switch to a squat for a minute, same principle. This is just an example of how to work out ‘a la fight or flee’ and man is it effective for squashing fat and getting you in SEXY HOT SHAPE!
And then the other element to rest is your sleep. If you aren’t getting enough at night, nap during the day. If you can’t nap, meditate for 20 minutes. Find a way to restore your body. The body gets stronger during REST, not during stress or exercise. We build muscle AFTER our workouts, not during. So if you are not taking the time to restore your body, it will hold on to fat, and never get stronger, and you will be tired all the time.
Remember this: your exercise should give you more than it takes away. You should feel rejuvenated, not torn apart and exhausted. And to be a whole, strong person, you need to sleep and rest ENOUGH for YOU. Make sure you take repair days. Your body needs it to get the results you want and have the life you deserve!
To your health,