Most of time, people work out for the following reasons:
– Recovery from an injury
– Other health reasons (obesity, heart disease etc.)
– Looking and feeling better
– Sport performance
One very important reason you should condition your body is injury prevention. Many times when someone gets hurt, it could’ve been prevented. Does that mean that conditioning can prevent ALL injuries? Of course not. But let’s take a look at a few examples:
1. This is a real event that I saw happen. A guy had started doing Mixed Martial Arts and was still in the light contact phase of his training. He was very motivated and did a great job. One day during very light sparring, he threw a kick, put his foot back on the ground and popped his knee. Result: a torn ligament. Please note there was no contact during the landing of the foot! It was simply an odd accident without it being anyone’s fault.
2. Elderly people do not have the reflexes, fast response and coordination as they used to. Everyone knows a fall can have serious consequences and have a huge impact on a senior’s life. However, if that person stays active they can: 1. perhaps prevent a fall and 2. be more resilient against the potential damage from a fall. Therefore it is important for everyone to stay active and do what they can, at their level. Don’t forget about strengthening your body before you reach that phase of your life. I’m a firm believer that TRX® can hugely strengthen your core, balance and coordination, all which will help you prevent these type of dangerous situations, whether it is now or at a later stage in your life.
3. Endurance athletes are amazing and impressive. I spent 3.5 years in that world and committed to the lifestyle (and it was a great experience). It is widely known though that most endurance athletes neglect training other aspects of fitness and parts of their bodies. This makes their core extremely weak, as well as many other supporting muscles. The amount of broken collar bones in the peloton always shocks me! Of course it has to do with the speed and angle at which they fall but the upper body weakness has to play a factor as well. Of course I don’t mean you’ll prevent a broken collar bone if you do other conditioning but overall, it will help injury prevention and health.
All these and many more examples indicate how important it is to condition your body to prevent things from happening to you. You will enjoy plenty of other benefits as well but strengthening and preparing your body to prevent injuries, for what might be coming in your daily life or for aging is crucial and a must!
For me personally, I like feeling strong and enjoy many benefits from my training (health, performance etc.) However, being ready for whatever might be coming (you never know) and making my body as strong as possible for the future, aging is a big reason. After all, would you rather be with someone who is incapable or can jump into action when a crisis occurs?
By Sander Vanacker for FitGuana
Sander Vanacker is a personal trainer, CEO of Bring Back Nature, Inc. and founder of FitGuana. He believes in improving health and wellness by incorporating more nature into our lives, being active and spending more time outdoors.