It’s so hard and very frustrating when we follow the rules of rehabilitation and continue to run into the same challenges with pain and injury. When we follow every doctor’s advice and see the referred specialists and commit ourselves to the weeks and months of physical therapy along with all assigned exercises and stretching. When we have to keep making those appointments with the chiropractor again, or the massage therapist or acupuncturist. But yet, we still face resurfacing problems, pain, inflammation, repeat injury and returning pain in the same places and often new places. Why? For the love of G-d, whyyyyy?
If you are a human, then you’ve had a goal. It doesn’t matter what that goal was or is, you’ve had one. Everyday we have goals and don’t even realize it because when we think of “goals” we think about losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money, increasing max deadlift, etc. But what about all the other little goals we make every hour of the day? The ones that we overlook because they’re just a part of us, engrained in us. The ones such as getting to work on time, getting a good grade, waking up early enough to walk the dog, create a meal plan and grocery list, go to church on Sunday, call your mom, don’t murder the kids, be able to spell an “ie” word correctly (f—!!!). You know… the thoughts you have every minute of the day.
Most women grasp the main concepts of their monthly cycle and how all that stuff works, but a lot of chicks don’t follow and track their full cycles. That includes every single day, within each phase of your moons… tracking and understanding what your hormones are going through, and how it all affects your health, performance, cognition, etc and so on. If you are a female athlete, or simply a woman who participates in regular exercise, sports, or resistance training programs, the following information is going to help you understand and track your activities in line with each phase of your hormone cycle for optimal performance. Trainers, it would behoove you (and your clients) to become familiar with all of this information as well. And if you’re a male trainer who thinks this is gross, embarrassing or you don’t think it’s relevant, then you need to either grow up or refer your female clients to a coach who gets it and can really help them (because they want to).
Every human body has its own rhythm, just like a song or a cycle of the seasons. A major component of this rhythm is the collective harmony of each hormone working in-sync with each biological process throughout the day. Mammals are born with natural rhythms from the very beginning, yet humans are the only species that spends their entire lives fighting and interfering with these important, and critical rhythms. In negligently creating the hormonal battlegrounds (men and women) we so often do, we are inviting a lot of consequential guarantees. For instance: mood swings, anxiety, onset of mood disorders, depression, irregular periods (if you still get them), infertility, ovarian cysts, low sex drive, insomnia, poor muscle recovery, cravings, fatigue, weight gain and/or inability to lose weight, acne, headaches, hair loss, poor memory and/or mental fog, irritability, and the higher potential for onset of irreversible disease. This is just to name a few. If you are concerned about it, go over my list of 7 ways we commonly act to destroy our rhythms.
Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that affects three-quarters of Americans at least once in their lifetime. Though it is not confirmed by the medical community the same way Adrenal Insufficiency is, its about 99% the same thing minus the acceptance of metaphysical origins. It can be a hot topic with many debates of its validity simply as a condition, which symptoms can literally explain everything to something doing an internet search late at night. Either way you slice that cake, we are often treated for a myriad of symptoms instead of finding the root causes. This can perpetuate a serious problem. I will almost always score our patients and clients for adrenal health before prescribing any sort of fitness regimen, and here’s why…
Whether you work remotely from your own home, or on the 28th floor of a downtown skyscraper, staying healthy on the job can be challenging. People who work in an office tend to box themselves into a small space around their desk and computer. They often share eating spaces with others, work under fluorescent lights, don’t get fresh air or natural sunlight most of the day, and are often in a hunched, sitting position most of the day staring at a computer or talking on the phone. Office jobs provide many benefits, too, and if you picked the right industry for yourself, then you’re probably very happy with your actual work. People who work in office environments usually co-work with a team with which members often share talents, drive and/or or passion. Office and team environments can be healthy in that it presents us with challenges, which become learning and growth opportunities. Mentally, this keeps us sharp.
If you want to lose weight, get stronger, or simply just get healthy and increase your energy, training is part of every intelligent program designed to improve strength, fitness, vitality, health and longevity. Buddha explains karma by saying, “the way that leads to short life makes people short-lived.” Every action has a result, and the result will be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the intention behind that action. So in this series on achieving a positive cycle in the efforts you put in with a goal in mind, I will address four steps to help you recognize the very things you are doing now that are antagonizing your hard efforts with injury, illness, and fatigue.