Let’s Get Physical, Physical!

Let me hear your body talk!! Olivia Newton John entertained all of us with that song in the 80’s. Now, let’s think about the words.   Our bodies talk to us every day, all day long! But are we listening? We listen to our bodies when it’s convenient for us. There is a balance that can be tricky to find. I have found that there are two kinds of people—the one who stays home from a work out with a hangnail, and the one who drags themselves to the gym when their bodies are crying out for rest and healing. The key is to LISTEN to your body. Know WHEN to get physical and understanding WHAT is going to be the most beneficial to your well-being and your fitness goals.

Let’s face it. We can find an excuse each day to skip our work out! When we continually “ditch” our work outs, we will continually be asking ourselves why our exercise plan is not working. With years of experience both as a trainer and exercise enthusiast, I can tell you that I tend to be the “drag yourself to the gym” kind of girl, (no big surprises there!) So, how do we know when to work out and when to stay home when experiencing an injury? My suggestion is always to figure out what you CAN do. So, if you have a knee injury, it is safe to say that going for a run or doing a leg work out is probably not your best idea. The great news is that you have a slew of other body parts that can still benefit from a work out! Get to the gym and perform an upper body work out. Train the opposite leg as science tells us that training one side will benefit the other side. Strength and skill transfer from one side of the body to the other! Try something nonimpact such as cycling. If your knees says “hell no!”, use your healthy leg and both legs will benefit and you will still be burning fat!

I am currently recovering from shoulder surgery. I was surprised and excited about how quickly I was able to resume some of my activities. As that “drag myself to the gym” girl, I may have been just a tad overzealous! Guess what? My body told me….back off! And I did. Did I stay home and do nothing? Absolutely not, I just took a step back, reevaluated what I was doing, and made some changes. I am still working out and feeling great.   The point is that I could have used that as an excuse to do nothing. And you know what happens when you do nothing? NOTHING.

Exercising consistently has SO many health benefits that finding reasons not to do it is quite frankly detrimental to your health, not to mention your body composition. Here are a just a few of the benefits exercising consistently:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

The bottom line is that exercise just makes you feel good! The weight loss, the fact that you look better, and are preventing multiple diseases is just the icing on the cake (that you’re not eating!) Next time you have an injury, ache, or pain simply ask yourself, what can I do? And then get yourself to the gym and do it!

8 thoughts on “Let’s Get Physical, Physical!”

  1. Hi Lori:
    Of course, as a long time student and one who suffered a pelvis injury last winter, I get “just get to the gym and do SOMETHING”! I attribute my decent physical health to listening to you for a number of years and also “dragging my body” to the gym when not feeling like it. I have to say that if I don’t go on the days I have committed to, I don’t feel right!

    We all appreciate what you do for us every day. xo

  2. I am living proof of all of the above working!!!! I have just experienced one of the toughest times in my life, when I was diagnosed with cancer many thoughts went through my head, trust me the push was so hard to get up in the morning and workout, but I did it!!!! Everyday was a new day, everyday I felt so much stronger and I was able to deal with what treatments I had ahead of me. With eating healthy, working out, resting and listening to my body as of yesterday I received excellent news I have not had to do chemo in two weeks and I actually do not have to do radiation next week!!!! My body is getting stronger and healthier everyday. Thank you to Lori and the staff of Ultimate Fitness for helping me get through this hurdle in my life.

  3. Great timing on this blog post for me personally. Having had an acute onset injury a number of weeks ago, I know that my ongoing (fairly) speedy recovery has been helped by the OPT strength and conditioning workouts I had been doing at the gym for years. And my physical therapist agrees. I am back at the gym for Dr. approved Spin and had a long discussion with the physical therapist about exercise and form. With the knowledge I have gained over the years from OPT classes and instruction, I knew the right questions to ask and feel confident I will make the right decisions going forward as I add more workouts back into my routine. Thank you!

  4. I have to say that it had neer occurred to me that one could spin with one leg until, I saw you do it Lori. Inspirational to say the least. On the days that my own knee wants to say no way, I just now put that one up and gear to where I can do the best with the other. I am amazed that other people find this so revolutionary and contrary- it seems like if one part is wounded then all are. I am ever thankful for your challenging of that notion and not settling for that kind of thinking. And the not skipping a work out or if needing to making it up… I have found that this is the best way to think of it- I may miss my class but cash in on the oppurntiy to train with another one and a different trainer. Before I would have thought oh well, now I look at the schedule and say ok what will work for me here. Thanks again for that re thinking of perspective that you always offer!

  5. I’ve learned the hard way that keeping up with proper nutrition and exercise can pay off when something unexpected happens! I had a serious injury a couple of years ago! I firmly believe that my recovery progressed as quickly as it did because of my muscle strength and general good fitness. I still have work to do and will never be !00%, but I’m determined to be as strong and fit as possible – I’m not happy with only 90%, so I’m working toward 95%!! Don’t stop ever stop your exercise program – Lori is right, there is always something you can do! The physical and mental benefits far our way the aches and pains!! Not to mention knowing that “YOU DID IT and NEVER GAVE UP!”

  6. Thank you all for your comments. It is amazing to hear what each have you have overcome! It shows us what can happen when you choose not to give up! To fight and work around your setbacks! Keep up the great work!!

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