Is that a tough article title to read? I bet it is. More often than not, when we perceive we are doing something good for ourselves, there comes a major backlash of unexpected side effects. Eat too many carrots, your skin turns orange-ish. Eat too many beats, it looks like you pooped out blood. Run too many miles and you may be limping for weeks.
Participating in recreational activities is great for many reasons. They provide us a scheduled opportunity to get-outside of our daily grind. We meet new people and get to socialize with like-minded individuals. We are given the opportunity to #USE OUR FITNESS and we get the opportunity to scratch our competitive itch.
Do the benefits stop there?
For most of us, the answer is a shocking YES. What may be hard to understand is that every single athletic activity and organized sport has its “shit.” What I mean by that is that each sport has repetitive movement patterns, imbalances and stressors on the body that take a toll over time. Without consistent work to correct the imbalances and repeated patterns, our bodies are essentially ticking time bombs and we are waiting to see which straw will break the camels back.
I hate to burst your bubble BUT you are not special……well YOU are but your body is not. Every body has a different level of resiliency. For some people they may break and need rehab strategies after a few months of imbalance. For others, it actually may take years to combust but for these people, its most likely going to take a LOT more work in order to get back to playing shape.
A good way to appreciate this is noticing how some people like myself can eat about 10 gallons of ice cream and feel zero negative effects (ideally Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked) while others can merely walk by a pint and poop their brains out for hours. Which body type are you? No, lactose tolerance dose not necessarily correlate to injury resiliency but I’m sure you get my point.
The best way to combat this is to regularly participate in a balanced strength training regimen and a conditioning program that provides exposure to multiple ranges of intensity. In order to stay safe we need to build a chassis that can handle the horsepower we wish to hammer and learn how to run our engines at all different levels of intensities.
If you would like to know how to balance your recreational activities with your fitness journey, just ask a coach on staff at EDX CrossFit and we would be more than happy to help you organize your training week to create the most bang for your resiliency buck!