One of the most common injuries functional fitness athletes experience is a shoulder injury. Great demands of shoulder strength and mobility are often required to effectively and safely perform movements like pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstand, snatch, cleans, jerks, push-ups, bench press, and more.
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It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of our goals and underestimate the value of our daily actions. Instant gratification somehow convinces us that accomplishing enormous success requires enormous actions. If we need to lose weight, build a business, write a book, learn a language, win a competition, or achieve any of our goals, we often jump the gun and aim to win the race with no idea how to get out of the blocks effectively and run with the most efficient technique. We just go for it, it’s an all or nothing approach these days!
Lead singer of the Verve, Richard Ashcroft sung it well; “when the drugs don’t work, they just make your worse.” Was he singing about the current healthcare system being ineffective? Dose Richard know that it’s not actually healthcare, and a better description of the current medical system in westernised countries would be “disease management.”
Stress is becoming more of a concern in our modern lifestyle. Many of us work in a stressful environment and find ourselves vulnerable to sleep disorders, feeling overworked, anxiety, frustration, and even depression, just to name a few. Can we change our perception of stress and turn a negative emotion into a more positive experience?
Normal medical reference ranges are the average ranges of the general population and have very little to do with optimal health and longevity. Today’s “average population” is sick, fat, and unhealthy. As our population becomes more dysfunctional and obese and suffers from more cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, the “normal” reference range gets wider and wider. How silly is this? In many cases, medical reference ranges are created using populations that contain a significant number of unhealthy individuals, leading to ranges that don’t reflect a healthy population in today's society.
I'm going to get straight to the point I was going to make at the end: sustainability is a lifestyle. It's not about embracing a diet, a training programme or a mindset for a month. It's about making a choice to be healthy to approach the future with energy and vitality, making small manageable adjustments in the right direction. We are not going to stop global warming in one day. One day is not enough, nor is a year, nor ten: sustainability for the environment implies consistency of effort. We are not different. It's about the habit of making better daily choices, not about being seeking perfection and giving up on it blaming unattainability. Perfection is not sustainable, it doesn't fit our lifestyle. Managing stress for mental serenity, eating thoughtfully, moving playfully and sleeping deeply are all factors that can add to our base of health to improve all aspects of life.