Performance Mindset: Speed Hides Need
A certain amount of stress is good for our systems, but most of us carry around the overwhelming bad stress that wreaks havoc on our systems - physically, mentally, and emotionally. If this trifecta of stressors is measured correctly we fall out of balance.
As Gray Cook has said “Dosage is everything. If exercise is too stressful, the individual will default to old patterns, and if the exercise does not challenge the primary stabilizers, they will not reintegrate into posture and movement.”
As it is in our training, and in life, the dosage of our stresses, good and bad, must be calculated so the system is progressing properly. We adapt to the proper amount of stress (building movement and tissue resiliency) and get stronger this way, but if the stress is not progressive then overuse and burnout occurs.
The same thing occurs when we are trying to get into healthier routines like going to the gym - dosage is everything and it must be calculated to be successful. With the proper amount of stress added a new gym routine fits progressively into our schedules (building stronger routines and resilient patterns), but if the stress is not progressive then we find ourselves trying to force a square peg in a round hole - you can keep trying but you’ll eventually break and walk away entirely.
Adding a weekly routine for the gym is hard for all of us - even the professionals…we have lives and families too. But, like anything with scheduling, when we add something to the schedule something else has to give. That variable is unique to the person - sleep, transit, kids, spouse, school, career. We are creatures of habit and we like our routines because they are comfortable…but we want to start being healthier and active more, so how do we know where to start making change to make that happen?
As with all things: the key is to start small. Here’s something that I like to think about when adding new things to my schedule…speed hides need.
We say this a lot with our athletes. Slowing things down to make changes and build the resiliency is where we find consistency in our movement without burnout and overuse. Our schedules are similar in this way, and are forever changing adding good and bad stressors, but we can adapt and grow our resiliency by slowing it down. Our schedules are like our athletes, if the speeds too quick they may miss how something is supposed to feel as they move leaving them at a higher risk for injury, or overuse. Scheduling is similar. Adding multiple days of gym activity without giving it time to feel it out or recognizing that somethings gotta give can be inevitably too quick, and leaves us walking away entirely.
Look at your schedule. Start small. Even one day a week is 52 more days than you made it last year. You can build off of that every time.