Fitness or Torture?

In my profession I speak with a lot of people, especially in regards to their body and physical practices.  I hear the most incredible stories of injuries.  It is insane that people will push themselves to the point of injuring their bodies. One lady said she pushed herself so hard she passed kidney stones. One guy lived on Ibuprofen for so long, he develop a severe allergic reaction to it.  What?!?!  OMGOSH! Muscles have been torn, knees wrecked, rotator cuff muscles snapped, hips displaced, and the list goes on.  What’s going on?  Are you working out to be fit or disabled?  It reminds of the Catholic practice of flagellation, a tradition of suffering inflicted by oneself. It’s practiced by those feeling unworthy, whether you are catholic or not, that is a real thing.

So ask yourself: why am I exercising?  In my Febuary blog I talk about how important it is to have a goal in mind.  For example, I want a strong, fit body so I can continue practicing the activities that I love like SUP, boogie boarding, swimming, skating and dancing to name a few.  I want my body strong and healthy so I can do these things for as long as possible. In turn, a strong, healthy body makes me happy!  If you continuously beat yourself up, trust me, your body will say (not in words, but action) “…the heck with you!”  I know instructors who have worked their bodies so hard they live medicated and in chronic pain. The problem with being mediated is after a while you don’t know what symptoms are from the medicine or the aliment.  Is it worth it?

Take care of your body it is the only place you have to live!  Open your mind and realize that your body is incredibly intelligent. Imagine for a moment, all of the millions of transactions that happen simultaneously every day, without your input. Your body is intuitive, communicative and everything works together to keep itself healthy from the inside out. In the meantime you’re beating it up from the outside in. Huh? And then when your body decides it’s done, its come?  If you don’t take good care of your body, it will not take good care of you. Regrettably, my body has had its fair share of abuse in my younger days, I won’t lie, however it’s never too late to turn it around and give your body the love and respect it deserves, even when you’re working out. 

Work to your edge, stay tuned in to what works and what doesn’t, even when your instructor or trainer pushes you to work harder, work at your level.  After you establish your current level, then work gradually to increase, depending on your goal. You may be happy where you’re at.  You know your body better than anybody else. If you don’t, now is a good time to start.    

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