“If I listened to my body, I’d never get off my butt and come to class!”

I overheard a student say this last week and I laughed quite hard. I always tell my students to listen to the signs that their body might be giving them so that they don’t ignore pain and hurt themselves while training. Thankfully some people head my advice and see a professional when they first feel that something might be wrong.

Yesterday a client admitted to me that she had been feeling chest pain that was not going away so she went to the hospital in fear that she might be having a heart attack. After all of the tests the doctors told her that it was muscular. I am glad that she got it checked out and I am glad that she is alright. “It is better to be safe, than sorry.”

What concerns me are the little injuries that people ignore that can then turn into bigger problems. You know your body and if suddenly after class you feel pain in part of your body that you have never felt before, it is far better to go and see a physiotherapist instead of waiting for it to go away on its own. Yes, it can be expensive and yes, it can take time but aren’t you worth it?

In most cases the physio can tell you what movement caused the pain and what to do to remedy the situation. The truth is we are aging every day and the situations of our lives are changing as well, which put stress on our bodies in all forms. We are in a constant state of flux and as such we need to pay attention to sudden headaches; knee, neck and back pain. I know of several students who cannot join us right now because they ignored early signs from their body.

“If I just rest it for a while it will go away.” I hear this statement all of the time. I always hope that this will be the case. I hate to see my students have to stop their exercise routines because of injuries. The good news is that if you deal with the situation early enough, you will be back to yourself in no time. You may need to adjust the types of exercise that you are doing. Your physiotherapist will be able to advise you accordingly.

We only have one body and it needs both exercise and loving attention. Take care of yourselves!

Happy Thanksgiving! There are no classes on Monday.

My blog will resume on Wednesday.