Secrets of the physical game
The benefit of exercise lies behind curbing the potential for injury while maximizing the results of your efforts. It’s just not good enough to do one form of activity every single day. Let’s just say that you’ve become pretty impressed with yourself for jogging one mile every day for the past month and you are ready to step it up by increasing the mileage, your speed or doing the same mileage and speed for another month.
Big, bad mistake …
Too much of the same exact activity on the same exact muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and bones will produce injury! Here’s how it happens:
Stage 1) Soreness from a brand new activity for the first few days – usually a good result.
Stage 2) Adaptation to that activity with a daily healing and repair cycle for the next few weeks or months and the body becomes conditioned and tolerant of the stress of exercise – a desired outcome.
Stage3) Breakdown – the body is not accommodating the continuing activity and begins to lose ground by not fully repairing in time for the next training session. You then train on unhealed body parts and that over training results in injury.
Change your routine!
- If you are a jogger / runner, try an elliptical machine, recumbent bike or stair master.
- Or do all three! 15 minutes of each with no rest in between and suddenly you’ve completed 45 minutes of aerobic conditioning with the ultimate cross-training approach.
- If you only lift weight, try a completely different routine. Do all new exercises, change the weight, reduce or increase the number of repetitions or change the order or exercises.
Professional athletes under the guise of an excellent strength and conditioning coach will routinely and dramatically change activity and routine every month, if not sooner, to get the best results.
We are creatures of habit, however, and tend to do the same thing over and over again because it’s what we know and are comfortable doing. This is what produces injury!
What cross-training techniques work for you?