Big or small, take care of it…

Nothing worse than crutches...

In the office, it doesn’t take you to long to pick up that many people who frequent this building every day are actually exercise and fitness enthusiasts. Whether that’s on a bike, in the ocean, stomping the pavement or adding to the masses in the health clubs.

But after chatting with people in the office and in everyday life, one thing that is very common is that being active, does lend your body to the odd strain, pull and sometimes worse. But whether it’s big or small it’s evident that it really affects the person beyond just their regular exercise regime.

I have been very fortunate and unfortunate where most of the physical activities I have been involved in, there has always been a Doctor/Surgeon/Physical Therapist on hand for anything that may happen. That is the fortunate part, but the unfortunate part is I have had to use up far more of their time than they or I would like to admit, with serious and not so serious injuries. But that really got me thinking, where do you go and what do you do when you’re out doing your thing and you tweak something?

Well first off let me say that I’m no doctor, But I have spent a good portion of my life playing professional sport and have taken a great interest in how our body works. Obviously if you think it’s a fairly bad injury go straight to your doctor, but if it’s just something that is nagging, there is a great resource, WebMD. com. WebMD – “Better information. Better health”. I think that really says it all, but it really is a great place, to look in to what may be causing you trouble while trying to stay on track.

On a personal note, the one thing that I could add to this is whatever you do, always err on the side of caution. There is never any rush to get back to full activity and if you rush it, it could add those extra weeks and an added symptom that could have been avoided.

I think what I’m trying to say in all of this, is you may hurt yourself, but not taking care of it is going to cause more damage and have a greater effect on your life than you want.

Headed to the GYM

I am not sure how it happened, but the strat-planning group is headed to the gym. As a group. All at the same time. Reward or punishment? That all depends on who you ask in the group.

Let’s back up a minute and all get on the same page. Caryn W got a two month membership to Equinox and during a recent trip thought how great it would be for everyone to get to try out the fancy new gym in the South Bay so she asked and they agreed to let our team come in for a morning and do whatever we would like (how nice of them btw). I for one can’t wait. I intend to try some new classes including getting my yoga on and finishing with a nice steam. Rumor has it that Evan plans to order a smoothie from the juice bar and park himself in front of the largest TV in the place. We shall see about that – if we tag team him, I think we can get him in a class or two ; )

So stay tuned as everyone in the group shares their day at the gym and once the reports have been logged we will truly know the answer to reward or punishment.

Eating and Exercise – Do they really go together?

As it turns out I like food. A lot. The great thing is that I do in fact like healthy items and when I do indulge I try my best to make my ice cream organic and my bread sprouted grain and my coffee fair trade (wait, coffee is not an indulgence, what was I thinking).

My big conundrum is that I strive to lose those last few pounds – while they may not be visible in my work attire they definitely appear at the beach and yes I realize how vain that sounds – I can’t help it. That all being said I go through phases of being great about going to the gym and often I will go twice a day and get in cardio and weights and when I do this I fee AMAZING. I sleep better, I am more focused at work, everything is better. What happens though is that I become ravenously hungry – we’re talking I could eat an 11 egg omelet (egg whites of course) with a half loaf of bread of toast and a bowl of oats for good measure. Conversely I can control the diet when I am not exercising but the weight never changes.

I guess I could try that thing that is called moderation, but I am not very good at that. Advice is always welcome of course.