All The Little Things
I turn 46 years old next month and I for sure notice the difference between mid 40’s and mid 30’s. It takes longer to recover from a tough workout, I get more little tweaky injuries from time to time, and I can feel my imbalances… I’m tighter on my left side and my right hip gets achy once in a while if I run too much. Anyway, I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about.
I guess I could have just kept doing what I was doing… There wasn’t anything wrong with my routine. Warm up, prep for whatever it was I was going to do (light load squats building into heavier squats), then do a workout - run, row, burpees, and so on.
It wasn’t until back in January that I felt that tweaky hip coming on again that I decided to make a few changes. I took some time to really dig in and figure out what was going on with any little imbalances, nagging injuries, or weaknesses that I have. It took a few weeks to come up with solutions that really had an effect on me. Eventually, I figured it out. The left hamstring was weak, the right one tight and the glut didn’t fire on the right, and my hips are slightly rotated. I came up with a routine that included simple mobility activities along with single-sided strength corrective activities. These exercises take time and consistency.
I do these activities as part of my warm up and I can honestly say that I feel better, move better, and I haven’t had any issues. I didn’t have to give up my workouts and I can still do heavy back squats and swing a kettlebell. As a matter of fact, I can do those things better and I feel better!
It might be worth it to work with a good coach (we happen to know a few) who can help you figure out what corrective activities might be best for you in helping you do the activities you want to do while staying injury free.
Do you have a few go-to activities that you know keep you balanced, strong, and healthy? Would you like some?