Overworking? Rest Can Be the Key to Success

Have you found yourself subbing for other instructors recently?  Are you teaching more classes lately than you are accustomed to?  With all the chaos that the month of December brings to our personal lives, we might find ourselves working twice as hard to substitute for instructors when needed.  Our flexibility and willingness to help out is important to the success of our clients and our business.  However, in taking on more classes than our bodies can handle, we can cause ourselves injuries from overworking, often unknowingly.  One of the more common injuries among frequent exercisers, and one that I can personally relate to, is shin splints.

Shin splints are brought on by high-impact movements, such as running or any kind of aerobic exercise that includes running, jumping, etc.  A sudden change in one’s exercise routine can trigger them.  A few years ago, I began to feel pain in my shins after adding two extra classes per week to my teaching schedule.  The biggest mistake that I made, however, was that I continued to follow this schedule after I began to feel the shin splints.  Resting is crucial for both the prevention and care of shin splints, as this article, “How To Prevent Shin Splints,” from ACE Fitness, points out.  Whether you have had a history of the injury, or simply need a small reminder to take care of your shins, this article provides some expert advice.  Check it out, and remember to take a few minutes for your health this time of year.  Stretch, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of rest.



Injury Prevention — Where Do We Begin?

We often think of injury prevention as a concept that begins when our clients walk in the doors.  We know that no matter what level of fitness they arrive with, it is our responsibility to ensure safety by teaching them how to execute movements correctly.  We put a lot of focus on effective cuing, verbal and non-verbal (see last week’s post here), in order to prevent injury.   And while this is extremely important, our clients’ safety actually begins before they even arrive at class with something that is difficult for us to monitor: Did they bring shoes that are safe to work out in?

Investing in new shoes can’t wait.  Do your clients know that shoes should be replaced after 100 hours of exercise in order to prevent injury?  This article from SparkPeople, “Find Your Solemate: The Perfect Shoe for Every Workout” provides an awesome visual guide to finding a shoe suited to your favorite type of exercise.  I recommend sharing this article on social media, via e-mail, etc. for your clients.

This week, having been bombarded with holiday promotional e-mails, I was tempted on several occasions to purchase new workout pants — the vibrant, funky ones that would match my turquoise Ryka shoes perfectly.  But then, before placing them in my shopping cart, I asked myself when I would need to buy new shoes.   Using my better judgment, I refrained from purchasing the fun pants to save money for new Rykas this winter.  And this afternoon, I’ll remind my class of the importance of this investment.