The Injury Portal

As much as on the surface level it absolutely sucks balls, being injured is likely to be an opportunity for you to grow. Injuries create limitations on our beings that allow us to be more creative within those confines. For me it’s been a whiplash that has lasted coming up 9 months, this meant that I could not get overly excited without hurting my neck. If I got angry I had to breathe through it, and wait it out, if I got sad I had to breathe and relax into it without curling up, it has meant that I have had to cultivate an inner strength that I did not know I had.

Any athlete that has been injured knows that it is a psychological game as much as a physical one. Letting go of those previous PR’s in order to recover is tough, having to rest completely – even tougher. It is the game of wanting so badly to get out in that game, but knowing that if you do, then it will only get worse.

Here are some tools that have helped me so far along my recovery journey:

  • Meditation – How you feel isn’t a reliable indicator of your health. Behaviour and expression are much more reliable benchmarks to work from. If you can relax and observe these, then not only will you be able calm the body by calming the mind (decreasing your likely-hood of re-injury, and increasing your recovery speed), but you will be able to get an idea as to the sensible and mindful limits that your body is comfortable operating in at that moment in time, regardless of how you are ‘feeling.’
  • Sleep – This is when you are truly recovering, rebuilding those damaged tissues. Sleep regular hours. I try to sleep 10:30 – 7.30. But truly in your heart of hearts, you know how much sleep you perform best on.
  • Hydration – Most people are dehydrated, and hydrating yourself adequately is going to do more for your healing, psychological and physical health than you know. Soothe yourself with a glass of water or a cup of fruit tea, not coffee.
  • Do things that keep your spirits high. (but not those that overexert you or overexcite you. If you’re hoping to heal quickly without re-injuring yourself, then mindfulness is your friend here.)
  • Move – Mindful movement, and low intensity movement are going to stretch and challenge those damaged tissues. They will regenerate with time if you treat them well. Again, you know how much exercise you are best on in that moment. Treat yourself carefully, I’d recommend exercising on regular hours if possible to help psychologically. (best to see a specific sports therapist of your choosing for this one depending on your injury for the specific movements).

An injury is a portal for you to discover new strength in other areas of your life. Your inner strength might have needed an upgrade or a path correction. Treat your injuries like reminders to stay conscious.


-Ben

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If you’re interested in fitness…

Do yourself a favour: Follow a movement program.

Most people don’t, and coincidentally most people don’t make any progress. Or they make a bit of progress, then create a host of muscular imbalances, suffer from ‘spontaneous’ back pain, and then taper out and give up. DON’T DO THIS.

I say this from experience. I did this. It’s undesirable to say the least. I have spent 5 years correcting the muscular imbalances that I created during my ‘hardcore fitness’ phase. I  was going to the gym, training for 2 hours a day, going hard, and doing whatever the flip came to my mind: Endurance, HIIT, Calisthenics, Powerlifting: you name it! I would leave completely done for the day (let alone the next day). This is not a good approach; It hurts. Now I train from a program specific approach exclusively, and ornament that with little add ons that I am interested in.

(To top it all off I was eating around 2000 calories a day, sometimes considerably less in order to ‘cut down’. This was not nearly enough for my activity level, body type, and age and can unbelievably detrimental to overall health let alone fitness! I will cover this topic in another post… for now here is an article to consider.)

Instead, here is what you should consider:


First: Have a clear goal in mind.

If you don’t, then you will end up doing what I did, which is dabble around in various kinds of training, hitting one thing one day, another another day, and ending up with ALL KINDS of muscular imbalances. This is the opposite of what we want.

When we are training, first and foremost what we are looking for is balance, durability, integrity, control.

Second: Follow a program.

Following a program that is oriented specifically for correcting the muscular imbalances particular to your goal/sport is the right thing to do for a plethora of reasons. An easy peasy one being that it is designed by a movement professional, and thus you are skipping years and years of trial and error.

Another good reason is that it is time efficient. You only have to follow what the program says and you’re sorted. No more wandering around the gym wondering what to do next.

If you’re not yet sold, then consider also: you will have measurable results. This is the scientific method at it’s most fundamental.

So…

Here is a GREAT place to start for the vast majority of people, beginners and athletes alike. This program has influenced the way that I look at exercise and fitness dramatically, and I implore you to take a look and consider this investment.

I recommend this program on a weekly basis to people. Follow this course, listen to the advice that it gives, cultivate physical autonomy, get rich. (apart from the last one)

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I have no affiliation to GMB. They are just the bomb in my opinion. There are many great companies out there. The most important thing is to find teachers that are right for your goals.

Anyway, here’s a quote:

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.” – Karl A. Menninger


-Ben

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