Working out has been beat into our heads as a healthy activity. And since we are responsible adults, we go workout because we feel we need to. It is marketed in different forms, such as “being strong,” “flexible,” “balanced,” etc. etc. etc. And all those things sound good, so we join different activities, gyms, and classes that we are told will get us there.
But so often, we are left wanting with not really feeling like we want to or we get hurt, and the aches and pains don’t go away. It is frustrating because now you feel a little helpless as to what the next step is. This is definitely the feeling I had when I hurt my back. Yeah, the pain was terrible, but it was the frustration that I was doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing and still got really hurt, working out no less. And that feeling of I helpless compounded when all the different accepted popular modalities didn’t work.
I felt that I did something wrong (I did) and that it was my fault (not totally). I got bamboozled like most people into thinking if I did “X” workout/exercise because it gave me a “Y” outcome that I would be good. But what I didn’t know was that I was being misled during those years. And because I was functioning at a high level, and I looked the way I wanted (Another issue in hindsight) I had no reason to doubt that what I was doing wasn’t good for me.
It wasn’t until what was suppose to work didn’t did my outlook and paradigm crack. That “crack” led to feelings of helplessness and frustration but also to a deep quest to figure out why it didn’t work and what to do about it. This is how I came across the science and philosophy of osteopathy and how to honestly train/treat your body holistically.
Because unless you are an athlete whose sole goal is to win and improve their sport, you work out because you want a good and fulfilling life. Whatever your goals in life are, they will be accessible only if you put yourself in the best possible position to achieve them. It doesn’t matter if it’s just to be there for your friends and family or save the world ï how balanced, strong, and functioning your body is will either enhance or detract from your desired life.