Knee Pain can be debilitating. It starts as a little ache – no big deal – you think you can push through it. So you continue on with your weekly exercise routine only to find that the pain isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. What started as a minor nag is now a major issue.
Ever wonder about pain? Why do we have it? How do we prevent it? I asked some of the most influential people in Physical Therapy and Orthopedics – leaders in the pain business – to give their best piece of advice about pain prevention. Here are their answers:
Chances are, you’ve had low back pain before. You know how debilitating it can be. When it strikes, one of the first thoughts that go through your head is “is this normal?” The severity of the pain tells you it can’t be normal to feel this way. Thoughts begin to spin through your head – “What did I do to myself? Did I tear something? Do I have a bulging disc? Do I need to get an MRI to find out what’s wrong with me?”
My answer: NO.
Let me explain…
I used to be a gym rat. I went 5-6 days a week religiously. I went to a dumpy little cave of a gym that I grew up going to. Its where my parents went from the time I was little. I knew every machine, every dumbbell, and the routines of most of the other regulars. It was my territory – I felt like I owned the place. Then one day my gym shut down and I had to find a new one. Great, I thought, I’ll pick up right where I left off. Wrong. Going to a new gym felt like starting from scratch. Sure, I knew how to exercise but being in a new place was uncomfortable. It had different equipment, a different layout, a different mentality, and I didn’t like it…at first.
After a few months, though, it became MY gym.
Because I went outside my comfort zone, tried new things, stuck with it, and made it my gym.
Likewise, you need to make it YOUR gym. Here’s how…
Starting a new workout routine is hard – whether at home or at the gym. The gym can be an intimidating place for many people – a lot of equipment, a lot of people, a lot of activity. It seems you have to know what you’re doing to fit in. Maybe this is why so many of us sign up for gym memberships early in the year as part of a Resolution, but fail at keeping up with the workouts.
Has this happened to you?
It’s easy to get discouraged at the gym, isn’t it? Everyone there seems to be in really good shape and have their workouts dialed in. It often seems like some gym-goers can be downright rude at times. No one has the time or patience to allow space for a newbie.
Rather than dreading the thought of getting started at the gym, I’m here to give you some pointers to get you ready to be on top of things before you step foot in the door and start working out…