It’s all too often I have a patient come to the office frustrated, unhappy, and questioning what they heck they are doing.
The question essentially becomes, “I’m doing this exercise to make me healthier, and I feel worse.”
To be honest, I’ve struggled with this same question, as well.
For those that follow a fitness routine, it seems that feeling aches and pains is inevitable at times.
And the question becomes, “Is it even worth it?”
I think you know my answer, but I’ll explain it anyway.
My first response is usually, “What would be your alternative?”
In many cases, it’s simply to do nothing. And we all know the problem with doing nothing is that soon, your body will give you back what you give it: NOTHING.
That may be cardiovascular problems or something like Type 1 Diabetes just to name a few.
The other option is to take it easy in the gym so that maybe your joints won’t feel so darn achy.
But the problem with this is again, the alternative: doing nothing.
Did you know that in an aging population, lower body strength has a direct correlation to lifespan?
Essentially, once you don’t have the lower body strength to get up and down from the toilet or couch, much of what you can do in life is over.
What about simply getting on and off the floor?
I recently have been lucky enough to have a newborn nephew and it’s not lost on me that I have the ability to get on the ground and roll around with him easily and comfortably.
But what about years from now?
Will I still be able to do this as a Grandpa?
These are some of the questions to consider with your lack of physical activity.
Like with anything, there is a slight risk.
But the reward always outweighs the risk.
I hope you choose fitness