One of the main reasons I became a Certified Personal Trainer was to pass on all I learned from the many injuries and surgeries I had to recover from.
I learned because I wanted my body to function again.
I wanted to work out again.
I wanted to play sports again.
I wanted my freedom of movement back!
And thinking back to how I was able to get the body working again–in addition to the God-given healing that came naturally with time–it usually came down to, yes, initial rest, but not resting too long.
Rest alone, I found, healed, but if the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles didn’t start moving again, then weaknesses and imbalances came, and with them poor function.
So the formula for me has typically been rest, and then at the proper time, movement, starting slowly and light, and working my way up patiently from there. That’s pretty much the center of physical therapy, isn’t it?
And having a physical therapy mindset is really helpful. Because many fitness enthusiasts get an injury, and don’t allow it proper rest, or if they do, they either rest it too long without eventually including movement, or they jump back into heavy weight lifting too quick.
There is immense value in exercising just hard enough to pump the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles with fresh blood, and therefore OXYGEN. This is the forgotten step, and one that has a major effect on recovery.
So when you’re good and ready, let’s get up and get that blood pumpin’!
To your health and fitness!
Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC, a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Patrick is available for Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Nutritional Consulting, both in person and via phone and Skype. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.