I am fascinated by how well our bodies are designed to operate. The intricate detail around the construction of our musculoskeletal system is astounding not only in its design but also in its ability to compensate and heal. Most day to day injuries occur because of compensation that we don't even perceive is happening until the system gives out and the effects of our bad habits overtake us.
Before becoming a corrective exercise specialist, I noticed that my incidences of sudden and acute back pain that could land me in bed for days, were becoming more rare the more I engaged in total body weighted activities. Then when I went into straight running season and skipped weights, I would invariably get injured again. I was curious as to how I could be in great shape and still get injured during basic daily activities. Often it gets dismissed as being part and parcel with motherhood or just plain getting older. But I'm only old by a caveman's standards, right? So, then why the injuries?
Have you ever sneezed a slightly wet one, and I don’t mean snots- or found yourself unable to control the frighteningly sudden and embarrassingly loud gas leak? It can be a sign of weakening of your pelvic floor.
Besides these obvious nuisance issues, left untreated, a weakened pelvic floor can lead to postural malalignment and pulled muscles. Plainly speaking, you can injure yourself mid laugh and find yourself with your back out and wet all at the same time, stuck bent forward in that hilarious and together tragic moment, for hours.
Partly associated with aging, menopause, child birth, pregnancy, and deconditioning, it is *very* common among athletes -especially cross fitters who strain a lot during intense workouts and runners!
I’ll never forget running a race and having a friend running by me as my trainer to get me to go faster. I wanted to stop and punch him I was pushing so hard, angry he was calling me slow when I was feeling like and Olympian. (It was my fastest ever tim...
When it comes to New Year's resolutions a good 80-92% of people fail. Often we are looking for a quick fix or derailed by small failures. There's a lot of advice about setting specific goals and making elaborate vision boards and sharing goals with friends and family. Support groups both physical and virtual can also be really successful.
Yet failure persists at an astounding rate.
I believe that when we start to fail or have that feeling we are failing, those very support systems we put in place to help us succeed can serve to magnify our failure and reduce our ability to make a come-back. The key problem, just like the solution, is often inside us. Often the very things we are trying to change are tied to an elaborate system we have created to get us *into* the very problem we are trying to escape. Systems have a tendency to autocorrect. so if you try to change one component of it, without addressing it as a whole, it might derail for a bit but then eventually will lead back to...