Health and fitness advice is literally everywhere I turn: on TV, the newspaper, magazines, the doctor’s office, product packaging, social media, blogs, and even unsolicited from friends, family, co-workers random strangers etc… We are literally BOMBARDED with tips and tricks that will supposedly get us into the best shapes of our lives… FOREVER!
Some tips are great, while some are not so great. Some have scientific research behind them, while others are based on myths.
However, amongst all the rubbish tips, there have been two that I received that I really wish I had followed:
1. Strengthen your core.
One night while preparing for my waitressing shift about 16 years ago, I bent over to put on my shoes and my left lower back immediately spasmed – I sprained a ligament in my Sacro-iliac (SI) joint. I went to a chiropractor for awhile (yanno, just until I no longer had daily pain…). He told me that my back was lordotic – my hammys and core were weak, and my quads were too strong in comparison, causing a muscle imbalance. He gave me a bunch of core strengthening exercises that I did until my pain went away, but that was pretty much it. I do ab exercises when the class I’m attending does them, but I rarely go out of my way to strengthen my core muscles, and as a result they’re weak. I would be a MUCH stronger and faster runner with less injuries had I kept up with the core exercises.
2. Be consistent.
I have had so many starts and stops with my fitness that it isn’t funny. I guess in a way we all have. I wish I had followed the advice to be consistent. I have had to re-build my endurance to run a half marathon too many times to count. I could write a beginner’s guide to running a half marathon from all the times I had to re-start. I really wish I had stayed consistent – I can only imagine how fast of a runner I would be now. I imagine what I’d be like if I had stayed with strength training, core workouts, speed and endurance work… What if I had just kept on improving until I reached the maximum of my genetic ability?
I feel that life, health and fitness, is a process of continual self-improvement – if I’m not working to improve, then I’m simply waiting for failure. Perhaps a personal failure, injury or failure of my organs. This is just a current thought/belief based on my goal of trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but truthfully, it’s where my brain is now. I want to achieve this goal so BADLY! I wish I had followed the two fitness tips that I shared above because perhaps right now I would have either already qualified for Boston, or I would have much less further improvements to try and make for this falls first BQ attempt.
Now it’s your turn…
What health or fitness advice do you wish you had followed?