Body Maintenance and dealing with Injury.
In this article I would like to address body maintenance and dealing with injury. Believe me, I've had my fair share of them and staying active is the number one thing I tell people.
Let's start by talking about body maintenance. I'm going to call this BM from here on out. It doesn't matter if you are a world class athlete, a weekend warrior, or someone who spends most of their time behind a desk, steering wheel, or can barely walk. We all need to think about body maintenance to keep things moving and in alignment. MB to me starts with becoming active. Whether that means going for a walk, run, hike, bike, swim, or hitting the gym. Be active every single day. I mean every day. Whether you get your activity in the mornings or evenings is up to you. I personally prefer to workout in the mornings and use the evening to wind down. Maybe some yoga in the evenings.
I know too many people who have stopped working out because they can't find the time. They will pay for this in the long run because life is all about balance. Make the time now to be active and stay active. Eat healthy, exercise, stretch.
Dealing with injury. Lets face it. Being injured sucks. It sets you back and delays progress. I've had so many major injuries it's not even funny. Here's a list just to let you know I'm legit. Broken left clavicle in a cycling race. Broken right clavicle in a skiing accident. Broken left ankle skiing accident, broken right thumb in skiing accident, broken left fibula in a surfing accident, minor concussion in a cycling accident. These are just the major ones. Believe me there are plenty more that have played their role in my miss mashed body and my aches and pains. So, I've been dealing with being injured most of my adult life and know a thing or two about getting out of bed with a sore everything and dealing with it. Staying active is Key. Like I mentioned above. Be active and stay active. Each injury throws your body and biomechanics a major curve ball. With both of my collar bone breaks, I'm now dealt with horrible biomechanics in both shoulders. This could have been resolved with having the bones set and screwed from the hospital but back in those days, the Doc just gave you a sling and sent you on your way. Long story short, the bones healed overlapping and I'm now dealing with shoulder impingement. How do I deal with this?
I get deep tissue massage in those areas on a somewhat regular basis, when I can afford it. In the meantime, I use self massage tools such as massage balls, foam rollers, massage sticks and such to break up the overly tight muscles. I then stretch to help bring everything back into alignment. I do the same with my IT bands, Hip flexors, and lower back. This is part of my overall, everyday, BM program to keep me up and running. If I stop this It doesn't take long before it all goes to hell. Besides the physical aspect of BM there's also the nutritional aspect. Eating healthy, drinking enough fluids, and also hemp products on the daily. Softgels, tinctures, and balm. I take a softgel in the morning and evening. I put a few drops of the tincture in my water and in my coffee. I think they call the later a "Hippy Speedball" haha.
The balm is essential. I truly believe the balm really helps with inflammation. I apply it to my lower back every morning and evening and it helps a ton. I also apply it to areas of acute injury immediately after an injury. Last spring I sprained my right ankle really really bad after climbing over a gate. I ended up going overboard with the Hemp balm and soft gels and was back walking within a day, and back to normal activities within 4-5 days. This was after my ankle swelled up like a ballon and I could have swore it was broken. Don't take my word for it though. Try it yourself. Anyways, to sum everything up. Be active, stay active, be proactive with your body BM and nutrition.