This gentleman knows how to rest
As we approach our second week of de-loading after a VERY successful strength cycle I thought it was fitting to share the below article titled “The Art of Rest.” While the body is pretty amazing in how resilient it can be when recovering from stress, we all need reminders now and then about how important it is to take care of our bodies.
Recently, there has been a lot of media attention criticizing CrossFit for its riskiness in possibly causing rhabdomyolysis. The article titled “CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret” has gone viral and even fallen into the hands of my mom who was concerned enough to email me and ask if I knew about the risks. While I am not going to turn this into a long winded retort trying to defend anything and everything CrossFit, I will say the entire philosophy behind the programming of CrossFit215 is to make you fitter, stronger, and healthier while achieving these things in the safest and most responsible manner possible. Is there a risk to injury? Always. There is a risk in everything you do. I personally have heard of more injuries occurring from athletes getting hurt or pulling muscles during recreational activities because they didn’t warm up or stretch beforehand. If anyone has any serious concerns about rhabdo or would like to discuss this topic further please feel free to contact us personally. At the end of the day, we encourage and instruct all of our clients to use common sense, listen to your body, and rest properly.
“The Art of Rest”
by Paul Ingraham, Vancouver, Canada
Resting “properly” is trickier and more important than most people realize. When you are injured, how much rest is enough rest? Is there such a thing as too much rest? What if you get out of shape or lose muscle? Is it necessary to rest completely, or is it adequate to rest only the injured part? Is “taking it easy” enough, and for how long? How do you know when to lay off and when to “use it or lose it”? How can you rest anatomy that you need to use all day, every day?
These questions aren’t especially difficult to answer with regards to most ordinary injuries — you sprain an ankle, you stay off it for a while, no big deal. No “art of rest” there!
They become more of a challenge when there is more at stake, when you have an injury that is not healing well and is dragging on and on, or a pain problem that cannot quite be diagnosed. It is more difficult and more important when you are hurt in a way that keeps you from earning a living, or in a body part that is hard to stop using (feet), or when the amount of rest required for healing seems to be cruel and unusual punishment, as with many overuse injuries — injuries that almost always strike at the heart of your work or play.
Both patients and professionals often pay lip service to the importance of rest, while in practice are nearly ignoring it, or even defying it. Patients are often even encouraged to do precisely the opposite of rest: to “work through” their pain, to push too hard too soon, to value on-going performance and fitness over rehabilitation. The number of cases where resting is actually treated like a meaningful strategy seem to be outnumbered about 10 to 1 by the cases where it is given only the most token consideration.
Until those numbers reverse, it’s a topic well worth writing about.
Bourne concentrated on rest and mobility. From somewhere in his forgotten past he understood that recovery depended upon both and he applied rigid discipline to both.
The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum, p137
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