Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about injury around activity. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

Injury around activity, is it a high likelihood? Well, this question came about from someone who is getting started with us who during their consultation they said, “Every time that I get started with activity, starting to get fit again, I seem to get hurt. Is that going to happen this time? Is there a way to prevent it?”

I was able to assure that person through the experience that I’ve had in the Last 19 years that we do everything within our power to not only keep people safe, obviously, but to customize the workout to their current needs instead of trying to fit them into this mold of where someone else their age or their gender or in their walk of life would be at. Instead, we take them and we customize to their specific needs.

So this comes up a lot. It happens more often than you would think. I remember years ago I had a client, sweet, sweet woman, who every time that she started to workout, she would hurt her knees, and they would swell. I mean you’re talking like major injury here, and she would push through. So she’d join these bootcamps and she’d join these gyms and she’d go through and push through these workouts, and she would just end up in more and more in pain until she just physically couldn’t do it anymore and she had to quit. It would frustrate her every time because she would start to lose a little bit of weight and then it would come right back on. There was just nothing that she could find that she could do without hurting her knees.

Well, about that time, she came to us, and same question was posed. “This is what happens whenever I workout. How can I prevent it?” I will tell you that over the next four years while she worked out with us, she was able to keep her knees from hurting. Now, there were times of discomfort that we had to work through and figure out, “Is this something that is okay for the knees? Is this not something that’s okay for the knees?” As we worked through that process over the course of four years, she was able to not only reach her weight loss goals but she was able to enhance the health of her knees.

Now, she still had bad knees. We can’t fix cartilage. That’s just something that we either have good cartilage or we have bad cartilage, and what you’ve done in the past may have damaged what you have, but we can help to strengthen around the joint, to strengthen the muscles to hold the body better and to do things better. And we can also tailor workouts to where you don’t have the impact on certain areas or you don’t have the pull or the strain on certain areas that you would in other workouts.

So this got me thinking about the whole idea of injury during physical activity, and how that works together. It made me think back to a couple of trips that I’ve taken this year. I took one trip to Seattle, which was absolutely amazing. If you’ve never been there, you should totally should go. And then I took one trip to Colorado, which is one of my favorite places to go. If you think about it, really both of those places have a lot in common. They both have very active populations, whether it’s hiking, lakes, skiing. You’ve got just about every type of terrain.

Up in Seattle, the most amazing thing to me was that they can do just about every sport up there at all times during the year. I think while we were there in the course of a week we saw snow, we saw rain, we saw sunshine. It was cold, it was warm, it was just a little bit of everything, and so you can do just about all sports there. So why would I bring that up?

Well, the thing is that as we drove around these places, the number one thing that I saw where most places when you go you’re going to see gyms and restaurants and all that kind of stuff, the one thing that stuck out to me this time was physical therapy buildings, so businesses supporting people through therapy. There was one on every corner, especially up in Seattle, and it was just very interesting to see the correlation between the active population and the need for physical therapy.

So you might think, “Well, if I’m going to be active and get hurt, why would I want to do it?” Well, let’s look at why we’re getting hurt whenever we’re being active. Part of the problem is we sit all day long. We stare at computers, we stare at our phones, we have terrible posture. Our head’s always forward, our back’s always round, our core, well, you know, people complain about their tummy not looking the way it needs to all the time. But part of the problem of that is we just don’t ever hold it in, and if we don’t hold it in, we can’t protect ourselves, and that’s what those muscles are there for in the first place is to protect us.

So i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about exercise and injury.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way.

At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.