Monday, February 6, 2012
When Exercise is Harmful
12:07 pm pst
I'm often asked if Yoga is an effective, healthy exercise. In my opinion, it certainly is healthy
when done in a mindfull moderate manner. A recent article in the popular press describes many of the issues associated with strenuous exercises like Yoga if not done correctly.
Exercise needs to push your abilities in order for the body and mind to adapt and become stronger. This adaptation
is exciting to see and experience. However when performing any type of exercise, it is important to
be aware of the limitations of your body. I have seen hip, neck, knee, shoulder, elbow and low back
injuries due to incorrectly exercising. If you experience the sudden onset of
pain during exercise, stop immediately and seek professional help. If an instructor is pushing you too
hard, stop and find a new instructor. If a particular type of exercise is causing injuries, stop and find a new type of exercise.
Some post exercise soreness is normal due to the adaptation of muscles and tendons and this typically goes away in
24-48 hours after onset. If the soreness does not diminish, a longer interval of recovery may be necessary before another
session of exercise is performed. If the soreness doesn't resolve, seek consultation with a qualified professional such as
myself. Remember, exercise is best when it's fun, enjoyable and injury free.