Sunday, February 27, 2011

Creating a Foundation

Every step you take will put load on various joints in various ways. Every movement you make may be harming you! Should we not move at all? Of course not, we need to be moving all the time: motion is lotion...
We need to learn to move correctly
"Consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program"
Have you seen/heard that phrase before?
How many people do you know that actually did that?
People who decide to start working out should save a lot of time and resources by learning to do it correctly.
What is correct working out?
Here comes the philosophical debate.
What is fun and will keep you involved may be better than what may actually get you to be the healthiest/fittest which may not be as fun for you.
The idea of Evidence Based Practice has three components:
1. What the literature/research recommends
2. Practitioner experience/expertise and discretion
3. Patient/client values and preferences

This becomes difficult to sell on a large scale. A magazine such as Mens Health or a workout program like P90X can only be so successful because they most likely are pushing the 2nd piece of EBP (expertise) and sometimes even utilize some of the research but it is up to the patient/client to use their product. This is why to be most efficient and effective a one to one program becomes necessary. If we want to have a true utilization of EBP, to get closer to reaching our full potential of 'how to exercise properly' there should be a qualified professional working with the individual to continuously adapt a program. A goal of most top clinicians should be to foster independence with an exercise program so the individual can take control and be their own coach. The most critical part is that foundation building where we can utilize something like the SWOT method (as applied to the body). Identify weakness and threats to the body to help you reach your goals as expeditiously as possible, as safe as possible with long term (pronounced LIFETIME) insight.
We as a culture tend to be very reactive (I can't fit into my jeans anymore, I should go lose some weight OR my shoulder hurts to the point I cannot lift my arm to brush my hair NOW I should see a medical professional) while we should be proactive!
We tend to be short sighted while we need to look at the full spectrum of health and wellness.

I am going to lecture tomorrow to some high school football players and hope I can foster them to achieve/change their goals in the short and long terms.

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