Training in pain and weight loss.
Members that general fitness centers train typically claim non-diagnosed pain while training. The most common areas we seek pain relief in include shoulder, lower back, neck and knee. With sedentary lifestyles prevalent in our culture, pain developed from those scenarios make for an interesting workout experience. Movement quality can always be improved in some areas because seated habits will contribute to soreness. Training will inevitably result in a disaster if we don’t take the right steps to address our movement quality. There is more to the gym than simply arriving to the location and we shouldn’t limit ourselves.
Humans are adaptive organisms that innately seek the path of least resistance are a product of our environments. Events like adjusting our head when we sit at a digital screen and slouching when exhausted are examples of this. Our body learns new ways to move and seeks help from other areas to make up for what is lost. We shift to make things easier but the long term ramifications bring about pain. What if lifting at the gym for the sake of lifting is actually doing more harm than good?
Going to the gym to achieve a certain appearance
Take into consideration that in the past, present and future tense, simply desiring results won’t suffice. Going to the gym and lifting weights blindly is like driving a car while holding the breaks. The truth is, it doesn’t need to be that way. Just like our electronics, we simply need to reboot the operating system for it to work better. Restorative training movements assist us to focus on quality of movement over immediate results.
Fitness is a process and no single day of training will give us the aesthetic results we desire. When we move and feel better, the quality of our workouts improves our stress levels. Remember, nothing stays the same and it’s your choice whether they happen in your favor or not.
If your goal is weight loss and it’s difficult, simply focus on what you can control at the moment. For one, you can always eat healthier, and with some fun exercise ,it will immediately help with your goal. The second, focus on habits that help with recovery from your workouts. Third, it’s probably common sense but don’t do movements that produce pain. There are so many exercises and techniques that you don’t need to ever push through pain if it shows up. Pain is your body’s awesome way of saying “dude you need to stop”. Simply take note to speak to a professional, switch it or do a variation that doesn’t hurt and move on. Taking this approach will put you in a position to be successful long term and use a strategy to help you move away from nagging aches and pains.
Here are some tips for you to maximize your workouts
Spend significant time on your warm up with specific exercises to get you moving efficiently. The quality of your workouts will get better instantly.
Try foam rolling tissues around areas that typically bother you i.e if your knee is nagging try rolling your calves, upper legs and hips.
Increase water intake. Hydration has been proven to help with mobility which may improve workout quality.
Get regular body work, chiropractic care or massage. Besides the fact it’s a great thing to treat yourself to something nice, these specialist can help open areas and get to places that foam rollers will not. Look for specialties such as Grastons technique, Rolphing, Active Release Technique, Kinesio Taping or Muscle Activation Technique to name a few.
See a physical therapist to help with an at home regime to help clean up any issues you have. Its also wise that if pain persists and is no longer acute but chronic it’s wise to have a doctor take a look. They will do the necessary tests to help diagnose what is going on and refer you to the right course of care.
It’s optimal to work with a trainer or coach that assesses your movement capabilities and gives you specific exercises and techniques to help with any movement patterns you may have. If you are in the Park Slope or Gowonus area of Brooklyn please book a Free Strategy Session with us to assist you in your pain free fitness goals.