I picked up this titled D Y B challenge from a scoutmaster in good ‘ol Troop 59 – many moons ago => DO YOUR BEST:
Perhaps you’ve learned, as I have, that our amazing bodies and minds need to be challenged. No challenge = nil progress toward STAMININETY. Doing less than your best = getting less of a return for your “PHYSICAL 401(K)”. Now, I don’t mean push hard, every day, all-day. I do mean that progressive gains offset senescence and sarcopenia. And these two dreaded “S”s SHOULD BE OFFSET to better your PARTY PAST NINETY prospects. KABOOM.
DYB should lead to another D acronym – D O M S, or, delayed onset of muscle soreness. As Family Doctor advises, “you can’t avoid sore muscles. It’s part of getting stronger and healthier… ” And we KABOOMERS know that these are good things as we “D Y B.” The National Federation of Professional Trainers – NFPT – (my credentialing body) offers more about dealing with D O M S.
KABOOMERS know, or learn how to lessen the amount of soreness or its duration.
Be SAFE – do not do MORE than your Best at this marker in your journey( point #5 below). Remember to:
- Warm up. do light dynamic exercises.[Save static stretching for apres’ workout]. Slow jogging or biking, jumping rope, or lifting light weights are good examples to limber up muscle and connective tissue.
- Rest.Wait about 48 hours before working the same muscle groups in the same way. if you were sore after running, a light “RECOVERY” walk or bike ride the next day(s) can actually help. NOTE! Avoid complete rest and immobilization. Motion IS Medicine.
- Use proper technique. Exercise in the right ways to shield you from muscle strain or injury.
- Cool down.It’s important to [statically] stretch after you work out. Your muscles are relaxed and more flexible when they’re warm. Stretching also circulates blood away from your muscles and back to your heart to aid in recovery.
- Stay within your limits.
Wrapping up DYB – here’s an instaquote from Down Under: