JUST ONE THING

JUST ONE THING


Ever have one of those days when your kid will only eat one thing for every meal and every snack?  And do those days ever go on for a week at a time or more?  I have those days myself, sometimes, when all I want to eat is ice-cream in a chocolate liquor float.
What if all you ever ate was your one favorite thing, for every meal and every snack, with no modifications, changes, ifs, ands or buts?  What would happen to your body and mind?  
Most of us know that that would make us pretty unhealthy.  If nothing else, our jaw muscles would begin to atrophy unless what we were eating all the time was pretty crunchy or chewy. 
On the other hand, not many people consider what can happen to the body if it is taught to do a single type of exercise, repetitively with no variance of the routine.
Many of my clients come to me congratulating themselves, and thinking they've richly earned their massage, through years and years of weight training.  That is their ONE THING.  Unfortunately, this single minded sticking to their one thing is killing them.  
You're probably wondering how and why this religious life of exercise could possibly be a bad thing.  Consider my analogy of the one food lacking all the nutrients that your body needs to thrive.  The only difference between that and your single form of exercise is making it less and less possible or comfortable, all the time for you to stretch and move in ways that don't involve contracting a muscle to push or pull that weight that you use in weight training.  
All the time that you're weight training, your muscles are learning to contract and to stay contracted.  They don't learn to stretch or to allow other muscles to take a load or handle work.  You think that that weight training different muscles on different days, is a decent contingency plan, but in reality, those muscles are simply following the same plan as all the other on a very regular basis, while you continue to not cross train.  
Cross training involves not just a change of muscles used, but a change in the manner in which the muscles move.  
I've found that those who do that "just one thing", no matter what it is, with little or no variety or cross training, or break in their routine on a fairly regular basis, come to me with a lot more pain and tightness than my clients who partake of a well balanced diet of at least a few different types of exercise each month.  (Preferably each week).
The one and only exercise that I can recommend most highly on it's own, that really gives you everything you need, with almost no untoward effects, is swimming.  Swimming is non-weight bearing, and non-jolting to the body, and gives you your toning, cardio and stretching.  It's both aerobic and an-aerobic.  
Swimming is a wonderful cross training partner to whatever else you choose to do, and whatever else you choose to do, I very strongly recommend to those who know me and love me, as a massage therapist that they not do the "Just One Thing" thing, where exercise is concerned.  I recommend not doing that just as I would recommend not eating the same food for every meal and every snack, for any length of time.  
Finishing your left-overs is one thing.  Limiting your diet is a whole other 100 cans of beans. 
As always, Dear Readers,
I am:  Yours in service-
Sue Hirsch, Owner of Perfect Day Massage in Petaluma, CA.

 
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