Daffodils In The Woods Are Like Unexpected Training Issues That Reflect Your Body’s Physical And Emotional History


Hi folks! Thanks for stopping by!

Photo of a row of daffodils in the woods. Were these planted along the path to a house that is now long gone.

Whenever I see daffodils in the woods I wonder about the history of that location, because it often indicates that there was a house there at one time, with all the family histories that come with a house.

History is all around and within us, which can be an important issue when it comes to safe exercise for better healthConsider your body’s history of injuries, including childhood nutritional challenges or subsequent physical accidents, when you start to increase your training load. A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, so select your sport accordingly, and design your training program to exploit your strengths, whilst allowing for weaknesses. For instance, many years ago I was told by an excellent physical therapist that I have weak leg adductor and hip flexor muscles. Why this is the case we had no idea, but he was most certainly correct. I have strained these muscles several times whilst training, to the point that I now warm them up carefully before running or cycling. I also allot plenty of time to strengthening this region of my body when in the gym or carrying out floor workouts, and they have improved considerably, remaining injury-free for several years.

I recommend that you draw a simple map of your past body injuries and other health challenges (click link to see my map), and consider how they might be influencing your movements today. Then adapt your training accordingly, and consider having the biomechanical impact of these issues examined by a skilled Feldenkrais instructor.

What are your strengths and weaknesses, and can you modify your exercise program to optimize your performance, whilst minimizing risk of injuries?

It’s worth considering, I promise you.

-k @FitOldDog


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.