One of the most important goals in coaching and also in rehabilitation so that movement is nourishment and medicine for the body is the development of the body and self-awareness. If you follow a periodization rigidly, just as programmed, will forget the most important thing, integration to life. None of us knows how life flows for next months and years to come. Therefore, the periodization is “just” a frame. But when the frame is appropriate, it’s a good foundation to improvise while living in the moment and still perceiving whole. Art meets the science.
This art is the individuals self and body awereness. How do you feel today? Is today the right time to challenge your body with intense exercise, or is it time to exercise more lightly and actively restore your body? Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, would you have the opportunity for an intense developmental exercise if you were to exercise lightly, rinse your body with fresh energy-rich blood, and boost your excrement removal today? Maybe in a couple of days, your system would be ready for more intense training. Perhaps the nervous system will be more awake, if you were now doing a light aerobic exercise to relieve stress and soothe the sympathetic nervous system by activating the parasympathetic to allow digestion work better and sleep better?
To be able to do this, you need to know yourself. Learn to listen to the body’s signals. It is not easy in our hectic, performance-oriented society. When living in constant stress, one is often the last person to recognize that it’s gone too hard for too long. Our body is very adaptable and most of the time when you notice that the pace has been too much, you are already close to the wall. So close that controlled braking is almost impossible. Often the situation is noticed when the body starts decelerating. It often begins by becoming physically or mentally ill, such as fatigue or depression. The engine of stress is underneath depression and exhaustion.
It is interesting how constant stress affects physical properties and structures. As a result of stress, our physique is weakened and stiffened. When one doesn’t recover from the stress, it increases the risk of injury. The risk of injury increases as tissues weaken and stiffen. The ability of the tissues to adapt diminishes. That is, their ability to withstand loads from different directions is impaired. The same happens when tissues become weaker. They withstand less and less load. Less load will break them.
The risk of injury is increased by the loss of body awareness due to stress. As body awareness and posture and motion perception deteriorate, movement control becomes more difficult. As motion control diminishes, the quality of movement patterns deteriorates. The quality of movement patterns deteriorates as communication with the brain in posture and movement, proprioception, diminishes. The brain is not able to give the proper command to the muscles to act because feedback on the movement, its direction, loads, etc., is not sufficient. This leads to movement patterns that are not appropriate. Movement patterns that increase the risk of injury. Movement patterns that also doesn’t deliver the maximum performance.