Fear of Injury
Injuries leave a nasty mark on the soul. The honeymoon starts in the romantic setting of an emergency room or a clinic, serenaded by pain. The daily battles afterward drain every ounce out of you. Recovery takes patience and grit. The event changes you, for the better or sometimes for the worse.
We share a coded repulsion to injuries dating from the times when breaking a leg made you something's lunch. The brain remembers such critical events and commands to avoid them with the wrath of fear. We don't get chased by predators anymore, but the instinct remains.
Do you avoid training because you have everything at stake? A family to raise and a corporate ladder to climb, business to grow. And what about your social life? An injury is out of the question. Training and sports are always fast to go.
The outcome is inactivity. Stay alive by doing nothing, avoid risk at all cost. Fear is short-sighted when it comes to your health. The benefits of exercising your body and mind outweigh the risk, especially when the alternative is passivity, which kills you slowly and costs a fortune fix.
Injuries happen in all disciplines, practices, and your everyday life. You can get a hernia while squatting and pull your groin during yoga just as much as slipping on ice and hitting a biker on a busy street.
We skip the gym to be safe but drive to work every day. A car is a bullet triggered by the foot that can go one hundred clicks per hour on a concrete slab around hundreds of other threats. We forget that these four-wheeled weapons kill millions of us every year. An accident can leave you crippled for the rest of your life. The war-fuel they burn to function destroy our lungs, hearts, and sky, but none of it matters because driving saves time, the most valuable prize. The benefits are worth the risk, clearly.
None of us start off as expert drivers. We take theoretical and practical courses, drive under supervision through the neighborhood and parking lots, onto boulevards and highways. Then we pass a test, get our permit, and off on the roads we go, free at last.
The risks persist as you gain experience. Your safety remains at the mercy of uncontrollable variables like the weather, the machinery, and people's ability not to stare at their screens. Expert drivers die in car accidents too. The only difference is the confidence gleaned from the education and experience on the road. The fear dissolves, and we reap the benefits of driving in spite of the risks.
Danger is omnipresent.
The human body is a complex machine that requires practice and patience to master. Power Posture gives the tools to craft an athletic stance combined with better motions that will protect you against the turmoil of exercising and the uncertainty of life.