Heal Poor Posture And Relieve Pain Through Exercise

My third Physical Therapist drove home the point that my poor posture and seated office lifestyle was a critical element of my running-related pains. This was after my second Physical Therapist prescribed orthotics for my knee pain. I also learned I had a pelvic rotation due to a muscle imbalance. I never imagined I’d need to heal poor posture to improve my running. I also hadn’t realized I could relieve pain through exercise.

Two of my three Physical Therapists agreed I demonstrated little gluteal activation: “Odd for a runner, since that’s the biggest muscle in the body and the most important for running.” All of my Physical Therapists agreed exercise would be helpful. Looking back, I see this makes sense. By that time, I’d already been an adult cyclist for a few years. I saw my semi-random lower back pain disappear over my first two years of adult cycling. I’d already been able to relieve pain through exercise!

Become A Runner And Look Good Too!

What I didn’t learn then, but concluded more recently, is my pelvic rotation was related to left-right imbalance in my abdominal muscles, which is also related to my poor posture. I’ve slumped too much, and I’ve lived with relaxed  abdominal muscles, which has left them atrophied. That’s part of the rarely-specified “muscle imbalance” discussed by Physical Therapists. The good news is this is an opportunity to firm up the butt and tighten the abs at the same time!

The Strongest Feet And Ankles Of My Life

In addition to the early knee pain, more recently I had a year where I routinely twisted or rolled my ankles. The rehab for this involved a lot of one-legged squats (glute work — no surprise), plus foot and ankle strengthening. The net effect is I now have the strongest feet I’ve ever had! Once again I was able to relieve pain through exercise. Stronger glutes have also helped heal poor posture: a swayback I’ve had since I was a kid. Finally, I can stand and even do some exercises on one leg. Neat party trick?

Over the ensuing years, I’ve kept running and getting stronger. Since my first orthotic fitting in 2011, I’ve been fitted for orthotics 2 more times. Each time the orthotics changed a bit. Now that I’ve done a year of foot and ankle rehab, the artificial arch of my first pair of orthotics pushes too hard into my arch and causes foot pain across the top of my foot. I’ve had to retire those orthotics. I’m calling that progress!

What’s The Point Of It All?

At the end of my first marathon (in 2012), I asked my Sweetheart how many she’d done. I knew the answer, but I had to ask for effect. She said, “Five”. I asked her, “Why would you ever do more than one?”

All of this focused running development has been in pursuit of a Boston Qualification marathon time, so I can be a faster triathlete.

Consider And Act

  • Why do you do the things you do?
  • What’s the most extreme thing you’ve done in your life?
  • How far have you gone to pursue and deliver on a personal goal?
  • How far would you go to deliver on a goal?
  • What goal is big enough that you’d do just about anything to achieve it?

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Hi, I’m Dylan Cornelius.
I was passed over for promotions four times in three years, every time passed over by a peer. My marriage was a wreck. I was obese and my doctor threatened to medicate me if I didn’t lose weight.
When I calculated the per-hour value of my overtime at work, the additional money in my bonus didn’t justify the costs to my health, relationships, and personal satisfaction.
After five years of hearing me complain, my brother told me to stop complaining or do something about it. I was stunned that it had been so long.
After a long and expensive search, I realized the quality of my relationships was poor and I wasn’t taking care of other people or myself.
When I committed to creating fantastic relationships and high-performing teams in every area of my life that mattered, my life transformed.
I was promoted. Now I’m picked to lead teams and frequently thanked for my contribution.
While my marriage didn’t survive, I met an amazing woman who trained me for my first two marathons, and now I do triathlons for fun. I lost 50 pounds and controlled my diet, allergies, and autoimmunity.
Now my “Honey Bunny” and I tour for weeks at a time on a tandem bike. Soon, we’ll cross countries and continents.
I created a Team Acceleration Blueprint based on my personal development journey and decades of education and experience building and leading teams at some of the best universities and companies on the planet.
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