Stress. It’s something we all deal with on a daily basis, whether we think much about it or not. Some of it’s good, but a lot of it, not so good.
Stress can help us in various ways, making us stronger as we adapt to new stressors. The first thing that comes to my mind is weight training.
Placing a barbell on your back and squatting it is a form of stress. Our ability to cope with that stress, and thus resurface stronger a few days later, is all about what we do outside of the gym. Sleep, rest, eating well, and the general chilling out can go a long way in making the most of this stress.
On the other hand, stress can bring us to our knees. Even in the literal sense.
It may be an injury caused by a weak link in the system (underdeveloped muscles, weak ligaments/tendons, or crappy leverages).
Or it could be an overuse problem.
Other times, it’s an issue with moving at a pace you’re not yet equipped for. [Read more...]