Monthly Archives: November 2012
Hello Everyone, Dr. Khademi here. I have to admit that lately I have been guilty of not practicing what I preach . Life always has something new in the corner waiting for you and it’s often easy to fall off track if you are not careful. About a year ago, I found a new passion — Tennis. Shortly after I picked up this new sport, I introduced it to my wife and children. I was so excited about it that they also got the bug and soon we found ourselves playing tennis three to four times a week, watching the tennis channel at home and keeping up with all tournaments around the world. Because of my addiction to the game, I began to slowly drift away from my normal fitness routine. As some of you who play the sport may know, Tennis, if played frequently, is a very demanding sport on your body and it will take a toll on you if you are not careful.
I am currently writing this blog on board a B747 on my way to our factory in China. With every key stroke, my elbow, shoulder and knee pain is creeping in pretty badly — this pain has been a daily event for me recently. It’s been mainly my elbow but the general soreness of knee and shoulder is there as well.
The not practicing what I preach is what has led to this pain. Stretching and toning on daily basis as I have been asking you to do are essential in preventing injury no matter what the sport you play is. Although I do stretch and warm up before my tennis matches, followed by a more aggressive stretch after my games, my mistake was not stretching away from the game every day before I go to sleep and in the morning when I wake up. I also stopped toning and strengthening my muscles four to five times a week to keep them is shape so they can support and protect my joints. The excitement of playing tennis and the level of high intensity activity it was providing fooled me in thinking that it was enough. But it was actually placing more demand on my body and joints — something my body was not prepared for and is now ailing because of it.
The moral of this story is, regardless of what level of activity you have in your life, a regular and daily stretching and toning routine for your muscles can prevent injuries and help you enjoy a pain free life. For me, I now have to ease up on my tennis playing and let my joints heal while I stretch and tone a little every day. I have to ice my joints and when I do get back in the full swing of playing tennis again, I will make sure to continue to stretch and tone to prevent this from happening again. I did learn my lesson and I hope that you take my word for it so you can spare yourself a similar experience. Visit IsoStrength.com where you will find all the tools you need — portable stretching and toning products with all the guidance and instructions required to keep your muscles healthy and your game, whatever it may be, in top form. Be sure to drink plenty of water, take deep breaths and ALWAYS incorporate a stretching, toning and cardio routine in your life.
Until next time,