We all have an individual tolerance level. When that gets exceeded, things break down, or we compensate to accommodate it, which may push us further. For example, if you want to improve your balance and decide to get your legs stronger, you may gain some benefits. But if you have sufficient strength for your build and you push harder and harder, your body will eventually sacrifice something to push harder. Otherwise, you would collapse when lifting something heavy. The sacrifice might be compromising fluid body mechanics, which we never will be 100% perfect, just enough that it makes our balance worse.
Below is an explanation on how we can utilize our body type and determine if we are pushing beyond our means or not.
We are all for pushing our bodies to the limits and maximizing our abilities, but as stated before, we all have individual tolerance levels. Some people are genetically and structurally built to back on more muscle and lift heavier things without much compromise. Others can rotate better and move faster; of course, there’s everything else in between. If you are someone who isn’t built for massive strength, it doesn’t mean you can’t be strong. You just need to be strong enough for your body. When chasing more beyond our limitations, we compromise our mechanics, thus creating those achy joints.
On the flip side, if you have stiffness even with body weight activities and general moving around, and the thought of strengthening anything is a no-go. You may need extra help to get guidance on how you should improve movement and strength within your body's means.
In that case, seek the help of a professional who can guide you and take down the correct path.
Dr. Peter Dionisopoulos is the owner and founder of Dynamic Performance & Rehab. He has worked with many high-level athletes and military personnel, but his true passion is to help active adults maintain their lifestyle by providing information and potential solutions to their aches and pains so they can continue with the activities they love.