If you’ve been here for a while, there's no doubt you've heard us say this time after time. We firmly believe in this, so much so that we put it on a t-shirt.
But what do we mean by it?
We mean this from a few different standpoints. First and foremost, physical movement is a natural pain reliever. Increasing blood flow throughout the entire body through movement reduces pain perception, reduces risk of chronic disease, improves mental health, reduces stress, and improves sleep quality.
And guess what? It doesn’t take intense physical exercise to get these benefits. It can be as simple as adding in a walk over your lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing yardwork, or playing with your kids in the back yard.
From an injury standpoint, people tend to think if you get injured you should “rest” and time will heal all, or that you should just stop doing that activity all together. This can lead to fear of movement and a sharp decline in mental health by avoiding things you love doing. So when you get injured, we absolutely still encourage you to go to the gym and keep doing the things you love.
How? Modifications. Go lighter on the weights, modify the movements that cause pain, introduce tempo work, drill quality of movement over quantity and speed, and address weaknesses and imbalances (aka why the injury likely occurred in the first place). This is where we come in. We know how to do this, and we know how to do this WELL. You don’t have to do this alone, and you don’t have to wonder if what you’re doing is helping or hurting.
Time does not heal all. Moving, and moving WELL heals.