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New Years Resolution syndrome?

01.19.11

I understand. I am also a human. In fact, I also ate way too much “good” stuff around the holidays. In fact, you can also put me on the lists for working too many hours, not getting to the gym as frequently as I should have and not exercising the artistic side of my brain sufficiently. 2010 is toast, but lets not try to get it all back the first month of 2011.

We all want to turn things around and use this new year momentum for some serious gains. But lets do that in the correct way-the SLOW way. Physiology has its own pace, and if we try to fight that, we may set ourselves up for an injury, tendinitis, or worse. Nothing ruins our self-produced momentum like a painful, often limiting injury. Did you know that AST is busiest the first 2 months of the year? This happens every year. Part of the inflation in numbers is due to the increasing distance and time of Austin’s running season, but also due to what I like to call New Years Resolution syndrome.

My recommendations:
1. Be honest with yourself. You may have played football in college and could deadlift 200 pounds. That was college. How long ago was that? Have you deadlifted AT ALL since then? If not, please don’t charge back in at your twenty year-old 200 pound personal record.

2. Get a plan. A gym, trainer or running group are a terrific way to get the guidance of “breaking you in”- that introductory period in training that provides a good amount of mobility exercises, overall muscle activation and impact training. I know, both options can be expensive. Many personal trainers (Austin has a TON of great personal trainers- AST knows most of them, just ask us) offer a consultant or program design. Meet with them once, discuss your goals and fitness level. Then have them coordinate with AST to remove or design around risk factors. Furthermore, trainers are a great way to avoid redundancy in your workouts. This prevents boredom, keeps your body guessing (more gains) and helps prevent repetitive strain injuries. Enable yourself for success, don’t just wander around hoping to get in better shape.

3. Warm up. Don’t do a static stretch before working out- get your heart pumping, and if you love stretching, do it in an active, dynamic way. Email me if you have questions, there are great books out there.

4. Don’t wait until injuries are really bad. Muscle soreness lasts a couple days. If something is painful (for example that twinge in your shoulder or sharp pain in your hip) for more than 2-3 days, its time to get it checked out. AST can quickly determine which things are serious and need immediate attention or if you are ready to go for it and just push through! ]

Looking forward to seeing friends and future friends at the Free rocktape seminar at Runtex this weekend.

Please email any questions to dr.kyler@gmail.com.

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About the Author

Dr. Kyler Brown received his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA, and continued his post-graduate education to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Dr. Brown has extensive experience treating many types of patients, from professional and amateur athletes to everyday individuals. In addition to traditional chiropractic methods, his specialties include Active Release Technique (masters level), Cox Flexion Distraction, Diversified Spinal and Extra Spinal Rehabilitation Techniques and detailed biomechanical assessment protocols.