Some years ago my wife was going through some pretty serious digestive issues. After seeing several specialists with no relief she decided to do everything in her power to improve her situation. The first and biggest step was a total overhaul of her eating habits and food choices. Me being the amazing and supportive husband I am I went along with the changes, you know… to “help her out”. What happened next shocked me!
I had always viewed myself as a “good eater” and at the time was a good follower of an 80/20 lifestyle (eat good 80% of the time and the other 20, well you know the rest). On any given day if you asked how I was feeling or how my energy levels were I would say great, couldn’t be better. How wrong I was!
When we changed our eating habits I was shocked at how much better I felt over all and the drastic improvement to my daily life and overall wellbeing. I was shocked because I always thought I felt just fine… but it seems that I had just become so accustom to feeling like a “6” and had no idea what a “9” felt like!
It seems we love to adopt this “if it aint’ broke, don’t fix it” mentality; where we only make significant changes when something goes very wrong and are left with no other choice.
My point is you don’t have to be just shy of a knee replacement before you make the decision to improve your health. We often view things like “functional training” and “corrective movements” as things that are only valuable to those who are hurt or those who are not conditioned. From my experience I would argue the more you move the more valuable functional training and corrective movements are. You could think of it like this; If two drivers have a tire out of balance one drives 2 miles a day and the other 200 which vehicle is going to run into problems first? The truck that travels more.
Bottom line: You don’t have to be hurt to work on your movement capabilities and you don’t have to feel bad to get better.