We have glorified, over and over, athletes who bear through their pain and get to the finish line, no matter what. Watching the Olympics recently, we can’t but appreciate and venerate these strong souls who defy their own physical limitations. And we should. They have worked hours and years to progress their bodies to such level.
Admiring an athlete is one thing, trying to train like one is another. Slogans that suggest to “Train the athlete in you” should be not be taken literally to compare yourself to training like an olympic athlete. If you do, are you surrounded by the right coaches and therapists to help you on your journey? Are you willing to deal with consequential injuries?
Design and progression of your workout programs should be made according to your lifestyle and genetics, not according to which athlete you want to look like.
There is a continuum that we failed to recognize. Being healthy is not going from an inactive lifestyle straight to an athletic one, and skipping all the necessary steps in between to get there. It is a continuum, a process. While there is indeed many people out there with the capabilities to train their bodies hard, most of us unfortunately need to take a more conservative approach. Conservative in terms of being careful of injuries not in terms of the intensity.
We got it wrong and continue to admire injuries as victories. Should we?
We are taught to push our body beyond what it can do, to push past the pain. Injuries are taken lightly, as a natural occurence of an “active” lifestyle.
Was exercise meant to break down our bodies? I would rather think that it was made to keep our body lean, strong and functional.
*Should you choose to disagree, the medical and health care professionals thank you for your business, to fix you after you break your body down 🙂