I have been talking about you behind your back.
Were your ears burning? I know it’s rude but, well, you know, it had to be done. Truly.
So who was this discussion with?
Well, here’s the thing.
I was talking about you – with your body.
Your body isn’t too happy about a few things. It has been trying to get your attention. Sending you little signs and messages. But it thinks you aren’t paying attention to it. That you hadn’t picked up on the signs. So it asked me to talk to you.
There were a few things your body wants you to know –
1/. Injuries are its way of sending you a message. Why won’t you listen to it?
2/. An injury isn’t ‘fixed’ (you aren’t ‘over’ it) the moment you stop feeling pain or discomfort. It’s only fixed when the weakness which caused it has been neutralised. Until then, it’s just another injury-in-waiting.
3/. Ignoring a niggle really doesn’t make it magically go away. Hard to believe I know but true.
4/. Feeling pain in one spot in your body doesn’t necessarily mean the problem is in the same spot. That’s why stretching your calf when it feels tight doesn’t seem to fix anything.
5/. Just because your hamstring or other muscles feel tight doesn’t mean they need endless stretching. It could be that it is overworked in which case stretching it may make it worse. There is a difference. Your body asked me to gently suggest you learn what the difference is.
6/. Just because you run doesn’t necessarily mean that you have strong legs or glutes. Don’t believe your body – it suggested that you try to balance on one foot for a minute.
7/. Exercise that involves each side of the body equally (like running, swimming & riding) doesn’t fix your imbalances. Those sports apply an equal load to each side of your body. You can’t correct that without training one side of your body (the weaker) more or in a different way than the stronger side. So unless you planning on swimming with one arm, riding with one leg or running (hopping?) on one foot for prolonged periods of time, the imbalances will remain. Don’t fool yourself into thinking otherwise. Otherwise, see point #1.
8/. Stretching is important. But being able to touch your toes doesn’t decide whether you are flexible or not. Flexibility through your hip flexors, mobility through your ankles & your upper back are all really important.
Your body’s parting message was this – “Don’t just use & abuse me. Look after me & I promise you faster races are ahead“. If you don’t believe, start listening to the messages & see if you agree 🙂
So which of these messages is your body trying to tell you?