She saunters into the gym in the usual fashion – 30 minutes early, wearing her workout clothes and cycling socks. She‘s ready to warm up; but something’s not quite right with this picture. Black and blue bruises darken her face from a nasty fall the night before and she models a brand new, white sling to support her arm from a broken collarbone she sustained in the tumble. Naturally, it matched her ensemble.
Of course we knew about the incident that left Susan worse for wear, but imagine our surprise when we saw her walk into the gym the very next day. Even though she’d suffered a broken collarbone, not to mention numerous bumps and bruises, the thought of missing one day of training at EarthFIT had never even crossed her mind. Oh! Did I mention that Susan is in her late 60’s?
OK. I feel a little like I’m breaking some ancient, cardinal rule by almost disclosing her age (Susan DON’T kill me!), but you just have to appreciate the fact that this sexagenarian didn’t allow her age, gender, height, or injury to stop her from working toward her goal. So what’s your excuse?
Susan started training at EarthFIT about almost 7 months ago. Like many of our clients, she wanted to do something for herself. She has since annihilated her initial goal and is on to bigger and better things. If you ask her what her new goal is, she’ll be the first to poke fun and say “to not fall anymore!” But you know what? That is a valid goal.
It’s a scientifically proven fact that Susan’s choice to continue training will help her recover faster from her injury faster. Exercise gets your heart rate going and as this occurs, more blood flow and oxygen will be sent to the injured area. With more blood flow comes more nutrients; some experts say that this can help the recovery rate by up to 50%. Of course we’ve made some adjustments to her training program. But Susan did what most people don’t – she persevered… and she continues to do so every time she comes back. She’s an inspiration to not only others who may feel discouraged from working out for one reason or the other, but to us – the EarthFIT Team.
So if you see Susan working out, give her a high five (to the ‘good’ arm please).