"The Human Body is the only machine that breaks down when not used."

"The Human Body is the only machine that breaks down when not used."

I’ve been fortunate over the years to work with many high level executives and athletes — professional and Olympic caliber. I think I’ve helped many of them from a medical standpoint, but I also learned a great deal from working with them. This is especially true of the successful ones, and the ones with staying power. One important lesson involves a certain wisdom of the human body that athletes and dancers seem to know instinctively. Unfortunately, it’s taken us in the medical community much longer to catch on to this seemingly simple concept — use it or lose it!

I’ve seen it over and over especially dealing with injured athletes and dancers. When an injury sidelines an athlete every effort should be made to keep that individual in tip-top shape while the injury heals. The injured part can be protected and with some creativity, programs can be designed to keep all parts moving and functional without jeopardizing healing. This includes the three pillars of fitness: cardiovascular or aerobic, strength, and flexibility. In fact, this approach promotes healing and helps keep the positive outlook essential for normal healing, recovery and return to action. We have even learned that properly and safely mobilizing or moving the injured body part itself allows for a better, stronger healing response than allowing it to get stiff and weak through immobilization and disuse.

This approach has revolutionized not only how we treat athletes but there is a lesson for all of us, young and old in every field, both injured and non-injured. Everyone risks tremendous health hazards by giving up activity and exercise. Sedentary behavior, all too common place in our nation, is extremely dangerous for the human body resulting in gradual breakdown and malfunction. Unfortunately many of these structural changes occur silently, without warning to us. While salespeople are not necessarily a sedentary bunch, much of their hyper activity does not have health benefits. The good news is that it’s never too late to reverse these changes.

We can all learn a lesson from Doris, my 70+ year old patient. She is an inspiration in making movement and fitness a priority in her life. She even rode her bike to the hospital the day she was to have a hip replacement. Her post-op recovery was phenomenal — as rapid as I’ve ever seen.


So as a salesperson, walk those stairs at the train station vs. taking the escalator, find that health club in your hotel, take a walk around the block after that high profile presentation or stressful call. Find ways to activate your life to keep you strong in the game.

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