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MMB – Aches and Pains are Trying to Tell You Something

Good morning everyone,

I hope you all had an awesome weekend and had the opportunity to get outside and move!  The weather has been cooler lately, so it’s been perfect fitness weather, especially in the mornings!  Thanks to everyone who made it out to classes this past week!  Remember, the keys to fitness success are commitment and consistency.  I applaud all of you, who are carving out time for your work outs and are making the sacrifices to become healthier!  Keep up the great work!

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core at Jen’s Studio Tuesday Night – Come out and join us for a combination of cardio, resistance, core, and fitness fun!  If you’d like to sign up, please e-mail or text me 925-699-7725.  There are still some spots open at 5:45pm (60 min.), 6:55pm (30 min.), and 7:35pm (30 min.)  See you tomorrow night!
  2. September Nutrition Challenge Prep Month – The Fall Fitness and Nutrition Challenge is starting on Saturday, September 29th.  This Challenge will be a little different because there will be nutrition questions mixed in with the Challenge to find out who knows their nutrition the best! In order to prepare for this Challenge, the month of September will be all about learning more about nutrition.  I encourage you to research more about the six nutrients; water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.  For every fact you learn, write down what you’ve learned on a card and enter into the Nutrition Facts Box.  At the end of September, I’ll draw a card and award the winner with a free class card!  Knowledge is power and I can’t think of a more important topic to learn about than how to take care of your body through nutrition.  It was Hippocrates that said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” O.k……sounds good to me!  In a culture consumed with pharmaceuticals as a way to treat our illnesses, let’s live radically different than the average American and take our nutritious seriously so that we can feel energized, healthy, and free of disease!  Who is with me?!

Thought for the week:  Aches and Pains are Telling You Something

 

I have been thinking a lot about aches and pains lately.  As a trainer, I try to help people all the time with areas in their bodies that are causing them pain and help them through corrective exercise therapies, foam rolling, and core training. 

I’ve also noticed a trend in the way we think.  In general, we have a mindset that says, “Well, I’m getting older, so it’s normal to have aches and pains and I’m just gonna deal with it.”  Raise your hand if you agree with that statement?  You know, the truth is that aches and pains are there because our body is trying to tell us something. 

If you have been suffering from aches and pains lately, do you know why?  Sure, we can throw Advil at it to provide temporary relief, but that’s like putting a Band-Aid on a boo boo.  But, I would ask, “Why do you have pain?”  This is a loaded question and it takes some detective work to figure it out.  Here are some ideas and questions to consider:

  1.  Is your pain constant or intermittent?  Do you hurt more after you walk or sit down?  Have you had a recent fall or car accident?  Do you suffer from headaches?  Neck, back, or hip pain?  So, basically, where is your pain targeted?
  2. Have you been evaluated by a chiropractor or physical therapist?  Often times, being subluxated where you vertebrae are out of alignment, can cause a whole host of problems, leading to neck, back, hip, and knee pain.  A good chiropractor can be a tremendous help in getting to the source of your pain and providing long lasting relief.http://classifieds.usatoday.com/blog/services/10-benefits-getting-chiropractic-adjustment/
  3. In your fitness routine, are you focused on core and flexibility training?  The entire purpose of core training is spinal stabilization.  If your core is weak, you are vulnerable to hurting due to postural distortion.  How’s your posture looking?  https://www.shape.com/fitness/tips/why-its-so-important-have-core-strength
  4. Do you have arthritis?  Are you taking supplements to help?  https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/
  5. Do you have pain digesting?  Are you a lover of gluten and dairy?  Perhaps it’s time to try a nutrition plan like Whole 30, as an elimination diet to find out if there are certain foods that are causing you pain and discomfort.  The only way to find out is to remove them and then add them in after 30 days.  https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/
  6. Are you drinking enough water?  Are you sleeping enough at night?  Do you have a way to manage your stress?  Stress in itself can cause a variety of illnesses and disease.  If you aren’t sleeping at night because your mind is racing and you are stressed, then your body is in a constant state of fight or flight and your body is not restoring and repairing at night like it should be.  We will always feel like we are behind the eight ball and dragging.https://www.healthline.com/health-news/mental-eight-ways-stress-harms-your-health-082713#1

If you are suffering from aches and pains that have you scratching your head, try to do some detective work and find out why.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to visit your medical doctor to get a blood panel and examination to rule out major disease, but there are plenty of minor problems that cause us aches and pains that can be treated with altering your lifestyle with increased exercise and solid and clean nutrition. You are your best advocate and I encourage you to dig deeper and don’t just settle by living in pain because you think there aren’t any answers for you.  There’s always hope and it’s never too late!

See you in class soon!

 

Jen