In no way, shape, or form am I coming from a position of expertise here. I’ve interviewed Steph St. Laurent for NSWC podcasts in the past, I’ve lived the life of a collegiate athlete with all the training and physical preparation that goes with it.
But now I’m a coach, and like a parent with a busy family, it just seems like my personal health is secondary to everything else.
That’s a scary thought. For the weekend warrior, the scariest thing about your physical fitness is getting to the fitness centre in the first place.
For the truly dedicated?
It’s having that routine interrupted.
What happens when you’re prevented from taking care of your body? What effect does it have on your mind? What about your relationships? Your ability to work effectively?
Alright, I’m freaking myself out more than that time in the haunted corn maze in Edmonton six or seven years ago.
One of the secondary objectives to the fitness-addicted is eliminating the stress that comes from a busy life. Active people know how they’ll feel if they miss a workout. It’s not just the physical ramifications either. Accomplishing a rich hour of personal investment in the gym is just that - an accomplishment.
We always feel better after we’ve accomplished something.
So sure, it’s scary to think about missing a couple consecutive workouts, but even an hour spent in the fitness centre, on the trail, or at the pool, will bring with it an impactful sense of achievement. It’s a super power you can use to enhance your focus on other components of your life even if you’re not getting to the gym as much as you’d like.
What you can do to be safe: prioritize your fitness requirements. Put your physical and mental health higher on your list than things you don’t need, like watching your kid’s hockey practice and drinking beer.
I’d imagine every athlete or active person has a different sense of what could go wrong with an improper movement or an over-extended muscle. Some people don’t worry about it all. They believe injuries will happen no matter what, it’s just a matter of time, so their brains simply don’t give it a second thought. Why worry, right?
On the other hand, some people always have a nagging suspicion in the back of their minds that this is going to be the rep that blows out a hammy or worse.
I have a confession to make that might make you roll your eyes. I’ve celebrated two birthdays here on the ol’ NSWC blog already, and while I have a bit of time left, I’ve almost officially hit middle age. Well, mid-30’s anyways.
The point is that injuries are scary when you’re young and you want to stay on the ice or in the gym, but when you’re getting up there it’s scary to think about the amount of time you’ll need to rehabilitate. Right now my back s sore, for instance.
What you can do to be safe: I think a little injury worry is a good thing. It will keep you patient. Don’t try to do too much, and always make sure you do a proper dynamic warmup.
Let’s be honest, this is what’s really scary this time of year. Not to mention the fact you’re going to be home on the 31st with an enormous bowl of candy taunting you all evening (if it even makes it that far).
What you can do to be safe: nothing! There’s no escape, run for your lives!
Happy Halloween everybody!