Women carry more obligation and have less time than ever before without the traditional family support that is almost lost in today’s society.
Women also respond to stress and pain differently than men both psychologically and physiologically. As an example, when you study the symptoms of a heart attack as well as how women respond to it, you’ll notice the differences.
Over the years of training and coaching, I have noticed how women have much harder time providing care for themselves than providing it for others.
They are impatient with themselves and in a hurry to provide care for themselves.
What happens when a woman has many obligations, not enough time, impatient with herself and in a hurry to provide self-care and a slogan flashes on TV, “Just do it.™”?
Or an advertising for a six-week body workout plans for women with dozens of testimonials fills a stressed out, sleepless night for them?
Many women start on a “just do it.” speedy workout program.
Minor and major injuries come along with speed workout programs. Many of my women clients have a tendency to discount injuries push through all kinds of pain, including injury pain that prolongs their recovery and could create lifelong functional imbalances.
Nike’s trademark, “just do it” may have served consumers better if it came with a set of instructions and clarifications.
However, a busy person, does not feel to have time to read detailed long instructions regardless of how beneficial they are and how much time they save.
Teaching, learning and long term benefits do not make effective and catchy slogans designed to sell products.
One of the biggest mistakes both men and women make in their workout routines is “just doing it” without a plan and an understanding, the consequences of their actions.
Let me give you an example.
Jumping jacks variations are popular and simple plyometric exercises often used as a warm up.
A person’s health, weight, muscle mass, joint and soft-tissue health, previous muscle adaptations and nutrition play key roles to determine if and when jumping jacks should be used.
A 200-pound man with a history of cardiovascular disease just starting to workout could be risking his life with jumping jacks without preparation, and there are no guarantees that jumping jacks will ever be a safe exercise him.
A 200-pound woman at 5’2” with no previous training experience could cause some major damage to her ankles and knees if she just did jumping jacks.
Even the fittest in both genders can suffer injuries due to the repetitive nature of any exercise, including simple ones like jumping jacks.
With Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 68.3% of adults being either obese or overweight and National Institutes of Health reporting 81,000,000 Americans suffering from heart disease.
A simple jumping jacks exercise could create complications for about 68.3% of adults.
My basic approach to any project including that of wellness is to at the very least to a version of SWOT analysis. This practice of doing a SWOT analysis by itself helps me save time on every one of my projects including nutrition plans and workouts.
The result of SWOT analysis is a written list of your strengths you can take advantage of use and weaknesses you can shore up.
You can also go over your written SWOT analysis with an experienced coach to save yourself some unnecessary frustration and pain.
Time constraints, emotional needs and family obligations and support are examples of weaknesses and strength that show up in your SWOT analysis.
Clear understanding of both weaknesses and strengths could help you get much better results from your workout routines.
Let me leave you with a visual. The image below is a low plank.
Par of the intent of even the most superficial low plank is to tighten the core and lengthen the muscles in the back.
The model in the image is arching her back and allowing her belly to sag.
All this potential harm will not even increase her core stability.
This image represents a speedy just do it plan without a SWOT analysis.