Watch any pro-athlete. Their bodies move with confidence and grace. There is no hesitation, only forward momentum. They seem to be in a zone where only they exist and the game at hand. The opponent could be anyone. It doesn’t matter, really. To get to that point in their life required a lot of time, effort, discipline, and desire. It meant overcoming countless obstacles – from injuries, restricting their diet, and pushing past the pain. In a nutshell, it meant without the pain and discomfort, there was no gain. Or “no pain, no gain.”
Anything worth having requires much the same drive as the pro-athlete. Whether it be getting that promotion at work, running your first 5K, or loosing 10 pounds. It requires a somewhat painful transition from our contentment and current lifestyle to something very different. It means replacing one way of doing things with another. This change can test our willpower and commitment to ourselves and our new goal. Do we stay late at work to put the finishing touches on our presentation, do we run on the treadmill instead because it’s raining outside, do we decline the tempting offer of dessert after dinner? Those small steps of “pain” take us closer to that big reward of “gain.” We cannot have one without the other, just like that pro-athlete.
When it comes to our health, that same philosophy applies. A sedentary lifestyle, convenience foods, and pharmaceutical solutions require little, if any, effort on our behalf. There is nothing that pushes us out of our comfort zone, no “pain.” So, what do we gain? Well, weight, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, aches, pains, and the list goes on. We have settled on less for ourselves.
Surrounding yourself with others who want a higher quality of life and better health is a great first step. People that are proactive vs reactive with wellness. People like the team at Damron Chiropractic & Wellness. This unique approach, led by a chiropractor and supported by massage therapists and a rehabilitation therapist, jointly moves you towards your goal of better health. Underlying problems are addressed at the root, there are no band-aids. Educating you on both the cause and effect provides a more thorough understanding and awareness. Being proactive means not waiting for a problem to arise, but avoiding it altogether.
Let the pain be the sort that is good for you. Let it bring you to a higher sense of wellness, so you can gain the lifestyle you deserve.