Exercising, how it sounds nice!
The spring comes, and we want to be beautiful, thin and without cellulite etc.
First we talk about diets, taking in various substances in specific amounts that were programmed by a computer module.
In the morning an apple, in the afternoon a pear or meat or something like meat, exotic fruit is delicious but in out climate it can only serve as an exotic indulgence.
But the only right diet costs 10kn, yes you read it correctly 10kn, that’s the price of a packet of patches and a wide straw.
Having said that the best diet is a patch on out mouths by which we limit out food intake and that what we can eat through a straw will not trouble us.
The next thing we are obsessing about is exercising. The newspaper and media are full of beauties who in their own sweat repeat endless motions and explain how after having done that they feel great, enthusiastically etc. Drawn by the advertising we sit by the computer and are ready for action to find the best for us, if before we haven’t came across on third class special newspaper article which is filled by with marketing madness and fully sponsored by a company that produces or distributes “the newest food or another oral product”.
What follows next is the shock. We discover a lot of exotic exercises which will make us beautiful, thin, health and the likes.
Their stories start with “Studies have proved if you use that and that you will be healthy and beautiful.”
Usually there are incomprehensible foreign words, but sounding very attractive.
After that we call out acquaintances if they have heard about those exercises, we shop around for new mostly expensive clothes and get read for action.
When we enter a exercising place no matter what it is called (fitness studio, aerobic centre or whatever it might be called) a polite girl on the entrance asks us for out basic information, offers us an exercise regime, we pay up our membership and then we start the action.
There are amusing situations where we exercise in gyms of schools and preschools, which earn a few coins extra and let the kids leave early. These gymnasiums are scarce due to the fact that out beloved mayor has started a more strict control and the schools will have show all their profits acquired in that manor.
With these exercises it is interesting that no one has asked about the health of the participants or made a short medical check up done by a doctor or even a physiotherapist before the start of the program.
We enter the room where the trainer or how ever does the person likes to call himself (or the club owner chooses to call the position) shows the fitness equipment (no matter if it fitness equipment or an aerobic slider, weights, elastic bands etc.) we stand at our spot, looking around in confusion and the circus begins.
Hand up, hand down, legs here, watch the breathing and we are overwhelmed with information.
When and if the trainer notices our gasping the reply is usually “If the exercise is too strenuous skip it or reduce the number of repetitions.”
One would consider that correct, and after all you’re out of shape.
The first round of torture which lasted about 45 minutes is over, with a good swart we go to the locker room where we change and find a victim to talk about experience over a drink.
In the morning we wake up feeling half dead, and our legs are swollen and hurting, but they said that it will fill that way and if it hurts we should take a pill based on acetylsalicylic acid (like Andol or Aspirin) as the one of most simple medical preparation or we should have an massage!?
Thinking about what to do, we still decide to go on more “training” the day after tomorrow, because as they said fight fire with fire and the word is it is ideal to exercise 2 to 3 times a week.
Due to the inadequate footwear out feet joints are being hit together and as a result micro traumas appear to be finally replaced with real traumas which force us to stop our program and to visit a doctor or physiotherapist.
The cause of the pain is also the stress, as a rule after a stressful work (even it is sitting down) doing stressful exercise is strange to say the least if not dangerous.
First one should learn how to relax before doing any work.
After the next workout one should visit his doctor or physiotherapist.
In the discussion we get asked about the check up from the beginning of our story and the nature of the exercise we have been doing. Based on that information the patient gets the appropriate advice and tests if needed.
The commons cause for a visit is the pain in the legs and in the spine.
For legs the recommended exercise is stretching and improvement of mobility and to avoid the wrong kind of strain, the treatment for the spine depends on the nature of the injury, and the kind and strength of the pain.
In the begging I have mentioned the start check up, unfortunately that does not exist or I haven’t come across it. That check up and the talk with the doctor or physiotherapist last for 20 to 30 minutes but is very useful.
Firstly it shows us the state in which we are in and what exercises and treatments are recommended for us based on our medical condition. Just with that we work more efficiently and don’t lose time on treating the end results, and the club that way gains a lot on its quality and reputation.
If you want a slim figure you first have to know what you want.
Your path to that goal should look like this:
- Learn some exercise for your spine, and you should practice it 2 – 3 time a week before doing your workout.
- Learn how to stretch, before and after the workout
- Try to avoid any centre or institution where you haven’t done a starting check up
- The clothes you need, needs to be cotton but not necessarily expensive
- Foot wear is something different, and based on you activity you can find it in an specialized store
- The person that leads the workout should be a professional (which can be easily checked out)
- Forget about the stories that tell you that you have to be over exhausted during the exercise
This is written in good faith, because in my ten yearlong carrier there are more and more people (most are girls and women) which approach me with the same problems that could have been prevented at the start.
Tonći Šitić, higher physiotherapist