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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
October 15, 2018
Now it seems like I am beating a dead horse the last few weeks, talking about injuries and stuff, but this is the kind of thing that needs to be talked about. Truth be told, we can write an entire series about this stuff but I merely decided to focus on three of the most problematic areas when it comes to keeping up with your fitness and health. Its important to find a good balance because you never know when life is gonna throw you some curveballs and really inhibit your capabilities. A friend of mine recently discovered she had some health disorders that could seriously sap her energy, alter her heart rate and mess with her equilibrium. So the miles and miles that she is capable of running and biking are going to have to be altered due to this situation, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t stay healthy. The same thing can be said for my mother, who has had to change her fitness ideals multiple times due to health issues, changing up the routine and making changes to keep her flexibility and strength manageable. Recently she got a little good news after undergoing an operation that will allow her to walk a little better and relieve some stress on her body. You see, she had some major bunions and her left foot had finally reached an impasses. Without an operation the pain would continue. So think about it this way….a 66-year old woman is staying with it despite all of the obstacles. This just means you can do it just as well.
Now dealing with tendinitis and shoulder problems have their unique challenges to them, but routines can be altered and worked around with proper rest and weight adjustment. But how do you work around the foundation of your entire body? Let’s face it, you legs and feet are important to you. Being the only bipedal animal on the planet, having flexibility in our legs, ankles and quads are essential. So how does one overcome this issue when you come across a debilitating injury like a ruptured achilles or an ACL tear or even just a broken foot? Now the obvious answer is going to be scaling back and doing proper exercise that can work the legs without putting too much pressure on them. This is where weightlifting machines can definitely come into play. Now in previous articles, we have indicated machines are kind of a crutch when trying to develop your body and your overall pliability. However, when the legs are being rebuilt from an injury, they can be a godsend. You can still build a little muscle that and also allow yourself to stay in the fitness game. Plus this allows you to focus on certain muscle groups you will when you get back on your feet and start doing non-machine supported exercises. It’s obvious you consult your doctor and your trainer when coming back from a serious leg injury. The biggest key is to not let the ego get in the way and try to go balls to the wall and jump back into it. If you can only go a quarter squat, then go a quarter squat until you are ready to hit the 90-degree angle or even go “ass to grass.” This also goes to those that really like running. Mane sure you have some new expectations and possibly even get some different shoes than you are accustomed to to help with the rebuild.
Now here is the other side of the coin that might get some different answers…..what if you have a chronic leg problem and you still want to get your pump on? There is a lot of different type of chronic leg problems that could pop up in your life, and many of them are lifestyle based. Tightness and stiffness can be caused primarily by a desk job, and can cause some issues with your elasticity. Now this is something I have been dealing with quite a bit myself, and because of this my running has really suffered (and also the fact I just have not been running period). These kind of things can be battled with a solid foundation of leg work and weight management, but things get really tricky when you start dealing with some of the more problematic issues. You have disorders like neuropathy, blood clotting, varicose veins, sciatica and stenosis for example. These kind of things can really be difficult to work around, but the base answer in regards to working out with these conditions is this…..research!!! Now if you hire a personal trainer to help you out with this, be sure to mention all of your issues and all of your physical hold-ups. Many of these ailments are “hidden” ailments that most people will not be able to see. An extremely trained eye might notice something off about you, but be sure to let your trainer know why is ailing you. Now just because you have a problem doesn’t mean you cannot do anything. Plopping your in front of a television is not the answer. For example, lets say you have some blood clotting issues with your legs like deep vein thrombosis. Clearly, you are going to have to put some work into a solid routine and many doctors recommend you start with walking…and walking a lot. https://natfonline.org/2017/07/heart-healthy-tip-safely-start-exercise-routine-dvt-pe/ While one might consider walking to be relatively benign, it is a good foundational exercise for anyone. Even with deep vein thrombosis, you can do some light weight lifting and build from there.
I’m not gonna lie to you, none of this is easy. No one ever said exercise was a walk in the park and when you have some actual injuries to overcome, the situation will be much more challenging. So this is why you need to make sure about two things. First, you have to have the right attitude. If you do not want to stronger and more fit, then clearly thesis not going to be for you. I always look at it this way. Do what you can and build, because everything is much harder when you are forced to do it out of choice rather than necessity. When you have a routine to work with, having a different driver on the mental side will aid in the consistency. People tend to react better to news when they know something important is on the line. And second of all, when you are ready to do this, please do your research on the trainer and what you will probably need before hand. One conversation I heard last week about some corporate gyms is the fact the trainers often utilize a lot of the same programs for multiple people. When dealing with these situations, you need something tailored for you and you only.
When dealing with ailments such as these, you must always remember that these setbacks can be overcome to a certain degree. Never accept the fact that you are “broken” and can’t look like the fittest people on earth. I have friends and family with various issues and most of them are dealing with it. It’s up to you on how to overcome and continue living a happy life. So I appreciate the fact you read this series and maybe we will do some more down the line. Next week gets little more fun because all of these injuries and usage ailments that I have mentioned the last three culminate in a rather fun finale….SO YOU WANNA BE A HEAVY METAL ROCK GOD?! Check it out my friends!
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