You hear phrases like “strong ones adapt” and “survival of the fittest”. These are all relating to the fact that our bodies constantly adapt in order to survive.
The body responds to mental or physical stresses by either mentally repressing past traumas or increasing muscle mass to carry out more work. Without the proper care, the emotional and physical scarring that takes place, tends to add up over the years and will eventually wear us out.
You’ll know when you this happens when you start grunting/sighing more than usual every time you get up from the sofa.
Most of us spend our working days loading our bodies in a fixed posture either by standing or sitting all day.
The stress of gravity alone coupled with the repetitive stimulus of work, will cause wear and tear in your joints. In addition, this may lead to pain in your lower back or knees.
The better we are at recovering from stress the more time we are able to spend our life pain free. However, as we decrease our ability to recover, the stressors will overcome and cause postural imbalances and ultimately pain.
The longer this persists without proper care, the more chronic the condition becomes.
It seems to me, that the people who make the time to reduce stress and improve their health don’t say things like, “it’s because I’m old” or, “I’m getting too old for this.”
I believe that the “old” feeling is relative as I’ve seen some highly functional 60 and 70 year olds.
The good news is that it’s never too late to start applying healthier alternatives into your daily routine. The more consistent your care plan is, the easier it will be for your body to adapt into a healthier and hopefully pain free version of yourself.
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