3 reasons why self-care is as important as your workout

When it comes to our quest for better health, we all know the value of diet and exercise. However, something that we overlook is the importance of self-care activities that aid our bodies in recovering from hard workouts and the stress of daily life.

We often don’t appreciate the benefits of self-care until we are already injured or in chronic pain, which can be avoided.

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The problem isn’t your body. It’s the messaging

I hope that this is common sense, but your body is not the enemy.

It’s not out to get you and it’s not trying to fail you. You may not always be happy with your body, but beating it into submission will not give you the results you want. With all of that being said, I’d like to know why the fitness industry is telling us just the opposite.

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Triggered? Me too 😂

Two years ago, this meme would have pained me to see. Now, I’ve got a little more perspective.

I’m not saying alignment doesn’t matter. It just isn’t the panacea that’s going to save your 🍑 from injury or pain.

Let me explain.

Pain and injury is weird mix of 💩 luck and preparedness to load. This = if you’re smart about how you train and you take enough rest then you can mitigate the odds of things hurting, but also life happens, bodies are weird, and we don’t have full control.

Biomechanics and alignment comes into play here, because they can be used as tools for efficient/well rounded movement patterns and can give you some clues on where you might benefit from a bit more stability, mobility, and strength, since we tend to have pain where there’s weakness or in the joints where we move too much OR too little.

HOWEVER, if you don’t layer in some strength work/loading onto all that good alignment, then joints can still feel ouchy if you try to do something that you’re not well adapted for or you’re not strong enough to control the range of motion in.

Examples: Lifting the heavy laundry basket, turning to grab something behind you in the car... oooo-ooor an exercise like push-ups 😉

To take it one step further, strength/tolerance is built from challenging your muscles/tissues, which sometimes means letting the movement be a little imperfect, but still well controlled.

TLDR: Biomechanics are a wonderful tool for moving well, but strength is important too AND you don’t need to fear imperfect alignment ♥️

Want to learn how to intelligently integrate strength training with mobility and stability work + rock push-ups without wrist, shoulder, or elbow pain?

Check out PUSH IT REAL GOOD: a 12 week strength training + mobility program AND digital book to help you understand and troubleshoot hurty or stiff joints (e.g. wrists, shoulders, elbows, upper back).

And if you’re loving these fun illustrations, the book has several of them, because who says learning needs to be boring?

Click here to learn more: naablevy.com/push-it-real-good-official

Illustration by the talented @peachbaby
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