The aim of this is for you to share your experiences to possibly inspire others and realize the possibilities. You might even rekindle your own fire inside to keep pushing forward. So let’s hear what happened and what you did to move forward. Did you suffer from a catastrophic knee injury? Was your back pain unbearable? Maybe you tore a rotator cuff? Were you unhappy with your weight?
To everybody else, I’ll leave you with these two questions. Is your setback or injury going to be an excuse that holds you back from living the life you want? Or will it be a springboard to get in touch with your body and make your way towards better days?
Here’s my story. While I may be fortunate to have lived a life to this point without any catastrophic injuries, it has not been without its flaws. To compare the way I feel today to just a few short years ago is night and day.
When I used to play hockey, I didn’t take exercising and conditioning very seriously. During this time, for at least a few days following a game I felt absolutely awful. My hips hurt. I ached all over from a jarring hit I sometimes delivered and sometimes received. My back hurt. Sometimes my wrists even hurt from the torque from excessive shots. Enter the training period. When I decided that the only way I was going to improve was to better condition myself for the game, the changes were unbelievable. I went from average in speed to being one of the fastest guys on the ice. I was faster and stronger. But that’s not even the best part. I was moving with ease and I felt great doing it. Movements that used to bother me no longer bothered me. I avoided hits more often than not, but when I did get hit I would pop right back up and be right back in the play like it never happened. There was a time where I took a hit and fell so hard I thought I was going to eat my ankle. I can guarantee if I wasn’t training in that timeframe, I was looking at time off with some sort of muscle pull or ligament tear. On the days following a game, my body felt great. No more pain in the hip flexors, lower back, or wrists.
How does this translate to you? Proper training focuses on not just strength, power, and cardio. It focuses on stability, flexibility and mobility too. Done right, you may find yourself picking up the morning paper without back pain, reaching to upper cupboards without that shoulder pain, or slowly standing up because your muscles are tight. And those are only a few examples.
That being said, it’s your turn!