I’ve never known an active person who doesn’t periodically have a minor muscle strain or ligament strain. Its just part of the job description. And, if there’s never a small tweak here and there then the effort put forth to achieve top performance fitness is probably not happening.
You know what these minor tweaks are like.
It’s that little twinge of pain that’s not enough to make you not train. But, enough to make you wonder if should.
You get up in the morning and the muscle is a little tight and sore, but after a few minutes of movement it disappears. And, often, certain movements create the pain.
The usual fix with such minor ailments is to, first, do nothing until it gets progressively worse. Then, some form of self-care, such as OTC anti-inflammatories, is tried that usually isn’t affective. Next, as a last resort, professional care is sought. And, the care most often hoped for is to continue to train at the normal level and the pain and stiffness goes away on its own or with the help of medicine or therapy.
So, here are some simple things to do at home first to help resolve the condition the first time. And, if they don’t work than a professional consultation should be sought:
If after two weeks there’s no noticeable improvement then seek professional care.
Whether you do self-care or under professional direction a key component to recover from these persistent, low-grade conditions is make sure that once the tissue has healed that ideal movement mechanics are restored, otherwise, the problem will return.
The key with small conditions is to deal with them correctly the first time as aggressively as possible so they don’t become habitual.
In the nearly 8 years that my wife and I have lived in Colorado Springs, never have we seen the amount of road construction currently taking place. Whether it’s a main road or side street, there’s no part of town missing out on the “fun”. And it’s not just re-paving or patching potholes. Whole lanes are being ripped up with miles of digging in order to replace underground pipes of all varieties.
At first, I thought all the “weed” sales (pot is legal in Colorado) might be producing the influx of tax funds for all this construction. But a running buddy of mine made me aware of a bill that had passed in the last couple years which freed up an enormous amount of funds for these projects.
Turns out the city has a certain amount of time to spend the money. Based on the number of orange cones and “ROAD WORK AHEAD” signs, it looks as though no penny is being spared.
Millions of people are about to be disappointed –– they don’t even realize it.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Right now, around the world, people are setting new ambitious health goals and resolutions.
And yet, according to Inc Magazine, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. Most of them buried in an unmarked early grave by February.
Why is that?
How is it that despite all our best intentions and genuine desire to live healthier and be fitter, the most we can hope for is a depressing 20% success rate?
So to help you kickstart your New Year with a healthy lifestyle we are going to breakdown why most goals and resolutions fail and what to do instead.