Why people don't keep their New Year's exercise resolution - Thrive Now Physiotherapy

Why people don’t keep their New Year’s exercise resolution

So you’ve bought your new gym shoes, got the latest gym clothes, and have been hitting the gym hard since January 1st, but… now you have this nagging knee pain. It bugs you every time you do lunges. So, you decide to rest it for a few days. You head back to your new favorite group fitness class, but… your knee hurts with the very first lunge! What do you do now? Is your New Year’s resolution unattainable? Are you just not meant to exercise?

Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. This type of problem is something I regularly see around this time of year. Maybe it’s not your knee, but your shoulder, or your low back… and the list could go on. These types of injuries occur most often around the time people start a new exercise routine. Ever look at the number of injuries that occur in training camps for the NHL, NFL, or even for those competing on “So You Think You Can Dance”? Not even these super athletes are immune to succumbing to the injury bug after an off-season of rest. What’s worse is that these types of injuries are what often derail your good intentions at starting the new year off right. It’s often not people’s laziness or lack of commitment that has them giving up on their gym membership come February. It’s an injury, and the good news is they’re usually treatable, and… PREVENTABLE!

What’s that old saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well, in the physio world that is definitely true! It’s so much easier to deal with an injury before it happens. Wait, I know you want to know, how is it possible to treat an injury before it occurs? The answer is that the signs are usually already there before it occurs. We all have our weak areas. Physiotherapists call these “muscle imbalances”. What does this mean? Well, for every muscle there is another muscle that does just the opposite. The two don’t always have to be exactly the same strength, but there should’t be huge discrepancies between them. There should also be relative symmetry between sides for strength and flexibility. Together, these make up two of the most common types of muscle imbalances we see.

So, how would a physiotherapist figure out where these imbalances are? Read my post next week to find out as I’ll go over a real life example. However, no need to wait until then if you’ve already started having pain with your new exercise routine in 2016. If that’s the case then give us a call and we’ll make sure we get it fixed so you can continue on exercising!

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Patrick Jadan, Co-Owner of South Cowichan Physiotherapy
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