First of all, how’s that outfit?! 🤨😎#fashionoverfunction
Since I began playing again, I’ve gained a new fascination and appreciation of human body’s ability to adapt.
I had been physically active for practically every day of my life until I got my autoimmune disease. I always just assumed that I had an athletic build and that’s why I was good at sports.
I always knew that I had to train for a certain amount of time in each area in order for my body to perform, i.e. strength, agility, conditioning, etc. However, since I made my comeback after two seasons of no activity and losing about 30lbs of muscle, I’ve noticed that it wasn’t only the muscle and skills that I needed to regain in order to expect my body to perform like it once had.
In August ‘18, I prepared “properly” and felt that I was ready to at least compete again, but during my first event I strained an intercostal in my rib. In the next event I strained a joint in my foot and since then I’ve done my finger, back and wrist...Bad luck?
Nah...What I’ve realized is that my body (and mind) had adapted itself to the environment that I provided. It had adapted my joints, cartilage, organs, bones,etc. for this new non active lifestyle. They no longer needed to maintain the same density and flexibility to handle that same load. Plus my organs didn’t require the same work load or amount of fuel. And so on.
So when I was getting these small injuries my first thought was that I needed to cut back on the work load. Adding more workouts seemed counterintuitive. Instead I chose to put my new theory to the test and maintain the workload to see if my body would in fact adapt to the environment that I put it in. It’s only been a few months now, but what I’ve noticed is that my body is catching up.
So basically the lesson I learned here is that CHANGE TAKES TIME. If you pull your body and mind in one direction then it will pull back in the opposite direction until it learns what that new norm is. CHANGE IS DIFFICULT but if you are persistent, patient, and you TRUST the process, your body will adapt and you can manifest whatever life, both physically or mentally, you want.