A few years ago I had the opportunity to work as a trainer and program director for an expanding, fitness-focused transformation center. The program catered to people who wanted a real, concrete change in their lives and were willing to do whatever it took to achieve it.
The program was extremely successful, and left clients feeling confident in their new skin. Many quickly became members and continued training religiously.
One particular client lost over one-hundred pounds. Slowly, she worked her way up from one, then two, and ultimately three training sessions a day. I immediately reached out to her to inquire why she ramped up her training, and informed her of the possible risks she faced due to excessive exercise.
She expressed that she had been overweight the majority of her life, and she was never going to allow herself to look or feel like that again. She had sculpted a new version of herself, and the fear of returning to her former self terrified her from stopping.
“No days off,” she said emphatically.
She was unaware that in her relentless drive to maintain results, she had locked herself into a new destructive path: compulsive exercise. Radically changing from one extreme to the next can cause high levels of physical, emotional, and mental stress which we’re simply not prepared to handle. This places our bodies and minds at great risk for illness or serious injury.
The body, despite all its wondrous capabilities, is still a delicate, complex machine. We must always remember that in order to properly take care of it, it’s important to slow down, listen to what it’s saying, and recognize when it’s time to take it easy.
Written By: Coach DJ Williams
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