Listening to Your Body

May 10, 2010

Work out with me this week!

Monday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance/Circuit Weights!

Monday 7:45pm at Hipline.  Ladies~CLUB REMIX

Tuesday 5:15pm at Hipline.  Ladies~Shimmy Pop!

Wednesday 5:16pm at Hipline.  Ladies~POWER Pop

Thursday 5:15pm at Hipline.  Ladies~Shimmy Pop!

Friday 5:30pm at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit Weights

Saturday 10:30am at Hipline.  Ladies~Shimmy Pop!

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Dear Beautiful Beings,

Please note Monday’s IOF class is back to an hour in length.

Also, I’ve added  Monday Club REMIX, which is similar to Shimmy Pop with a Disco Ball and a soul train line!  All you ladies that can’t come to the earlier class, NOW is your opportunity to come party with me while you work it out!

I have been thinking a lot lately about how our bodies are constantly talking to us.  The problem, often times, is that we don’t always listen to it.

For example, this past week, I was fighting a bad cold.  When I woke up Tuesday morning, I just did not feel well.  I had to push aside my guilt of needing to call in sick in order to listen to my body.  While I am still healing, I know that my recovery has been enhanced because I was listening to what my body was telling me rather than pushing through.  (I’m sure that it would have helped to take more time off, but…)

I sometimes get aches and pains from working out, but usually within a week or two they go away.  This is a natural part of life and working out.  However, I can remember a time when my shoulder was bugging me and I wanted to pretend that it was fine, and all of a sudden, it was 2 months later.  My chiropractor and massage therapist helped me heal it with some extra work.  It took acknowledging that the problem was a problem in order to figure out that I needed to seek help for it.  I have recently had conversations with a few folks about their body having an injury.  Shoulders, knees, and elbows seem to be among the most common.  All I’m saying, friends, is that you need to check in with your body and not deny what it is telling you.  If it’s a small ache or pain, listen to it by way of a bath or a massage; if it an ache or pain that does not go away, it’s probably time to find some help.  Even if you take a break from exercising, it may not heal how it needs to.  Physical therapists can give you exercises that can deal with the root of the problem and help you strengthen in ways that won’t make it worse (in fact, make it better!)  So, if you have an injury that you’ve been wanting to write off as just a sore whatever, maybe it’s time to go see someone.  That’s what they’re there for AND we don’t want to mess with our body; it needs to last us!

A potential related aside, if you lift weights, be sure that you keep a slight bend in the joint in each exercise rather than pushing your arms or legs completely straight.  This puts unnecessary stress on the joints and could be a cause of a problem after you do it over and over again.  If you’re not sure of your form, ask me or another personal trainer at your gym!

Alright folks, in the spirit of listening to our bodies, take a moment to scan you body right now.  What’s it telling you?  Hmmmm, I just figured out I needed to give myself a little neck rub and now I need to go make some food!  Thanks for talking, body!

In peace,

Heather

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