Boot Camp and other similar exercise programs are keeping my lights on. Of course there are things which are totally out of our control, like tornados and earthquakes. Natural disasters wreak havoc on delicate humans. And sadly, there are those of us who suffer from diseases and genetic disorders like arthritis.
Many of us suffer from things we bring upon ourselves: sports, high-heeled shoes, skateboarding and skiing injuries. And last but not least, the countless exercise programs in which women, in particular, are encouraged to participate, such as Insanity, Orange Theory, kettle bells, boot camp, P90X, Zumba, Barre classes and yes, even yoga.
Now I’m not saying everyone who participates in these programs is going to be injured, but many have been, and many more will be. It can be an acute injury or a repetitive strain injury, happening over a long period of time.
The problem is that in some cases, the client’s liabilities are poorly understood or not considered at all. For example, women, in general, are susceptible to having kneecap problems which can be precipitated by performing squats. Early recognition of a problem might forestall the need for medical treatment, but clients are often afraid to admit to having pain, so they suffer. Some of my patients tell me they are chastised for not gutting it out.
Many programs involve rapid positional transitions. Clients feel the need to keep up and often suffer repetitive strain disorders.
So if you decide to participate in these programs, beware of the potential for injury. Listen to your body. Don’t exercise through pain, other than a little muscle soreness. Instructors, pay attention to clients who complain of pain or appear to be in pain. Encourage rest or modification of the exercises, and even discontinuation of the program if mechanical pain persists.
Then my X-ray machine can take a break.