You play footy or soccer every weekend. You train Tuesdays and Thursdays for 90 minutes every week, you even see the club physio or myo for treatment. You do this because of your commitment to the game, your team mates, to yourself and of course to winning. And all for a 90 minute of time.
Over my 25 years in practice it has always confounded me how many of us of all ages train so hard for a sport but virtually nothing for our jobs, which are often more physical! This makes no sense.
For those of us who do physical labour our first argument is, ‘I get enough exercise with my work’ as if your practitioner has a ‘nerve’ even raising the subject!
So, in this article I’m going to explode this myth.
Firstly, how physical you are with your work DOES NOT COUNT! Sorry to break it to you. It’s not the same. Exercise requires focus, intention and a particular series of isolation movements. Your work is opposite to this. Usually you are distracted mentally, it is erratic and hap hazard and doesn’t allow up to concentrate on certain muscle groups. This is why we see so much work injury.
We need to train for our jobs, plain and simple!
This means identifying work specific exercises and spending at least 2x per week training outside our jobs.
Now the second argument I often hear is ‘I’m too tired once I get home’. I get it, long days, lots of travel, families to come home to…
Unfortunately, if you want to avoid excessive time off, loss of income particularly if you are a contractor then you have no choice. You need to make time.
But here’s the thing. It’s not about spending a crazy amount of time, far from it. 15-20mins 2x per week will do as long as you are doing the right exercise and are focused.
To achieve I recommend working with your physical therapist, the one who knows you best, whether it be Chiro, Osteo, Physio, Myo…or your P.T. or exercise physiologist. Work out a plan, keep it simple and stick to it. Fit balls, a floor mat and resistance bands are inexpensive, re-locatable and easy to use.
This is also applying to new parents feeling the physical pain of nursing and holding a new baby. You need to train for this!
Trust me this is worth it. Less time off work, less loss of income, less visits to the physical therapist, and way better quality of life doing what you love.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is practice owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr., Lead Chiropractor and the Million Dollar Wellness Mentor.
Andrew is married to Dr. Linda Wilson, the Stress Specialist and has two children, Isaac and Bella. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.