• I also learned this the hard way when I was in my thirites and exercising like a fiend to try to control my weight. I didn’t get injured, but I got very sick. My body was screaming out for rest. When we over-exercise, we risk illness and/or injury. Ironically, today, at age 54, I exercise much less than I did in those days. But because I eat properly, I am actually healthier and a lot happier. It was a real awakening to realize that I didn’t have to exercise five hours a day to be fit and trim!
    Balance and moderation is the key. For me, that means an hour to an hour and 15 minutes a day of exercise, including cardio and strength training with one day “off” per week. The nicest thing is that I have plenty of energy to enjoy life outside of the gym!

    From Linda Hopkins
    November 19, 2011

  • Excellent stuff Jeff! I have only one question…what do I do if I have lost all of my marbles?

    From Lyle Orr
    November 19, 2011

Friday Fitness: Learning the Hard Way about Injury Prevention

When I pick an adjective to describe myself, I’d probably go with energetic. For those of you who’ve trained with me, attended one of my treading classes or simply had a conversation with me, you’re probably thinking energetic is an understatement. Too restrained, I agree.

There tend to be points in our lives that we have to take a good hard look at ourselves and ask … are we being honest? I fully believe that being honest with yourself and the people around you is the most important priority in life. That said, when I sustained a stress fracture roughly 3 weeks ago (induced from too much running) I thought it was the end of the world. It took me out of the Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon, a race that I was training several months for along with Fitness Director Adam Martin. I went to the pre-race expo knowing I wasn’t going to be able to run the next day and it was one of the toughest experiences of my life. Thousands of people excited to run the next day, but there I was in my black boot. I think this was the point that it hit me and I said to myself never again.

I have to admit, I love running; I love pushing myself to its very limits, but what I’ve learned over the last three weeks is that no matter how much you love something you have to find balance. When it comes to exercise, your body needs rest and recovery—craves it at times. Even the most elite of athletes take time off. Rest is the time where your body actually makes the adaptations. As humans, it’s difficult for us to comprehend not always doing something. We think that if we aren’t taking action we’re no being productive. The fact of the matter is that nobody can continue to lose weight, increase their fitness level, or do what they love if they’re stuck on the sidelines with an injury. I mean, how frustrating is it that? In my case, it was my fault.

The takeaway is this: No matter how much you love something or want something take a step back and use the practical side of your brain. Train smarter by slowing down and listening to what’s actually going on, and above all doing more isn’t always better.

As you can tell, rest and recovery is the Friday Fitness perspective this week. Check out my top two tips and the video below. You’ll easily ward off any of the big five overuse injuries. Stress fractures no more!



#1 Implement Myofascial Release Daily: This is a stretching technique that results in the softening and lengthening (release) of the fascia and breaks down scar tissue between skin, muscles and bones. Implement by using a foam roller or what’s called “Trigger Points” with a tennis ball or lacrosse ball.

#2 Listen to Your Body for a Faster Recovery: I now know that the most important thing you can do to recovery is to listen to your body. The night before I sustained the stress fracture I did feel something going on in that foot. Even during the 10K race, I ran the last 4 miles with the shooting pain from the broken metatarsal. By paying attention, your body will let you know what it needs, when it needs it. The problem for many of us is that we don’t listen to those warnings (I do this all the time) or we dismiss them with our own self talk (“I can’t be tired, I’m fine.”)

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