Hello and welcome to a new edition of Hands On! First I would like to apologize for going on a two week hiatus. I don’t like to make excuses but I had a bad experience with a chairlift skiing. As a result I injured my left knee and have been recovering, so I was not really feeling the need to post. So, I am really sorry, I do hate to leave you hanging. So, now on to the topic that is been on my mind for a while. Weakness, no I am not talking about like what Kryptonite is to Superman, or emotional weakness. I am talking about what weakness is where muscles are concerned, and how to deal with this issue.
Weakness is not what most people think it is, which is lack of muscle mass or tone. It can be those things, but it is also a lack of strength or function of a muscle or muscle group. This is not always from lack of exercise. Sometimes it can be from too much exercise and a lack of stretching (Yes, stretching again, I am all about stretching! 🙂 ) The reason for this is that an over worked muscle becomes so tight that it cannot contract anymore. Because of this you cannot use it. If you think of it like a big spring that is really tightly coiled then wondering why it cannot contract tighter before you actually stretch it out and attach it to something else. The muscle like the spring is contracted as tight as it will already go and we want it to be able to contract more. It’s like trying to pick something up with a closed fist instead of opening up your hand first.
So how do we keep this hyper contraction from happening? First is to make sure we are getting in enough water. Dehydrated muscles are contracted muscles. For more information on this see my post about the the importance of proper hydration. The next thing is to make sure you have a proper stretching routine, especially if you are working out regularly (If you want to find a post about stretching just look throughout the blog to find one. You could probably just close your eyes and point for that. Yes I have a problem but, admitting it is the first step right?) This means not just stretching after you work out but when you wake up after moving around first and before you go to bed.
Another thing that helps keep muscles from becoming over tight is making sure you are getting in enough protein which helps build muscles. This also helps if you are weak due to lack of muscle mass. Proper nutrition along with regular exercise (which can be any activity you are willing to do, so do something you enjoy.) will help increase muscle mass.
If you are still having an issue with over tight muscles it could be due to a magnesium deficiency. The human body balances out calcium and magnesium like it does potassium and chloride. We are always concerned with calcium deficiency because of osteoporosis but it is rarely covered what happens when we have too much calcium and not enough magnesium. One of the major issues is muscle cramping and spasming along with some heart palpitations. So, finding a good magnesium supplement at your local chiropractor or local health food store would probably be a good idea.
Well folks, that is all I have for you today about muscle weakness. Do you think I was strong with my explanations or did I leave you weak? Give me a like to let me know, also lets get a conversation started in the comments section below. If you have any ideas for future posts let me know in the comments section and if I haven’t already covered it in a previous post I will research it and use it in a future post. If you know someone who would enjoy or benefit from my information please share it. I want to try to reach as many people as possible with my information. So, until next time remember, there is nothing as strong as tenderness and nothing as tender as true strength. Peace!