Most focus in training is on performance and technique – how to get bigger, faster, stronger, better. Yet these goals cannot be reached without proper recovery.
A new study has confirmed the danger in relying too much on drugs to treat back pain.
After treating many thousands of people with back pain over the years, we at Elite Akademy aren’t surprised. We often see people who are at their wit’s end after trying drugs without any improvement.
We were inspired to see the story of 105-year-old French amateur cyclist Robert Marchand. Not only is it incredible to see a centenarian on a bike, a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows he is more aerobically fit than most 50-year-olds. And higher-intensity training might be playing a part.
Every January and February we see a spike in people needing treatment for back pain which occurred on holidays. Holidays are a danger time for backs, when people either develop a new issue or exacerbate an existing one. Most ‘holiday back pain’ issues stem from either sleeping in different beds or over-exercising.
The most common reason New Year’s resolutions fail is that people choose an exercise they don’t like.
Choosing something that you enjoy doing is absolutely critical to your chances of staying with the new exercise regime and getting the most out of it. If you enjoy the exercise, then everything flows from there.
A big fitness mistake we often see when people are injured is they believe there is only ‘one’ issue at play.
If you’re feeling pain in one main area, then it’s understandable to see an injury as just that – for example, a rotator cuff issue, hamstring strain, back spasm, disc bulge/prolapse, calf strain and so on.