“I don’t need to exercise, I get enough of it at work”

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Yes work can be strenuous.

Yes your body will adapt to the tasks you do at work.

Yes you will be fatigued after a big day at work.

So why are you still in pain then?

The key is in the dose. Like with any exercise, if you do too much of it, your body is still going to eventually burn out. Whilst the types of tasks you typically do at work are strenuous, they are rarely therapeutic.

If you break down all the tasks you do at work, try and picture whether it would be something you would typically see someone doing in a gym or rehab setting. Then ask yourself, how long would someone be doing that task for, and with what load, to be considered normal? That will give a better picture as to whether or not the tasks you are doing at work are going to either help or hinder in the long term.

The key with therapeutic exercise is that it should be goal oriented and specific to your lifestyle, in order to prepare and protect you from the stressors you experience in daily life.

If you’re a carpenter, you need to be strong and stable overhead.

If you work in an office, you need to have a strong robust core to absorb the static load from sitting for long periods.

A good strength program will adapt to your lifestyle as well as making your lifestyle easier to manage. Often the hardest part of any change is simply starting, but once you start making time for yourself you will quickly realise that the benefits of training to supplement your lifestyle and occupation increases your resilience and makes those strenuous tasks more manageable.

The biggest thing to remember is that naturally when we’re doing the same tasks every day, we need something to counteract the stressors of those tasks to maintain balance and not overload any given system.

Try starting with even one session a week where you work on some focus areas, trying to improve your mobility and stability. Once you are comfortable setting aside 10 minutes on one day, you will soon realise your capacity to include this on other days too. You don’t have to be training for 2 hours 6 days a week, setting aside 10 minutes on 3 to 4 days is often enough to get the ball rolling.

If you’re struggling with this cycle of work causing issues with your body but being too tired to do anything about it, get in touch with us and we will endeavour to build the right program that is specific to your needs – remember, the most difficult part is often the first step!

Dan Ryles

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