We all know that exercise is good for us. We’ve heard all the reasons why it’s important to lead an active lifestyle. The second leading cause of preventable death (behind tobacco use) is a sedentary lifestyle, so not moving around can literally kill you. Yet why is it still so hard for most of us to get going? The answer is plain and simple: Habit. It goes back to survival. Back in the day, if you succeeded in living through the day, your brain said, “Good. Let’s do the exact same thing tomorrow.” That’s how we’re wired, to keep everything the same and to do what we did the day before. Breaking any habit is hard work but it can be done.

For me, exercise is truly life-changing. It can bring you back from the brink of disaster, which is exactly what happened to me in 2015. I was being treated at the Spine Center at New England Baptist Hospital for several years when I was referred for surgery to treat my two herniated discs. They had exhausted all other methods, including cortisone shots and an overly simplified exercise program that didn’t do much. Nothing worked and I was in agony everyday from the pain. Then a week prior to my surgery date, I noticed that I felt slightly better. I decided to call the surgeon and asked whether I should just get the surgery over with, or wait and work on getting better. His response was, “I don’t want to see you until you’re dragging yourself through my waiting room.” He knew that surgery really was a last resort with mixed results.

It’s moments like this where I felt like I could have gone down two different paths. I chose to get back to the gym. I dove into Crossfit with a vengeance and worked hard to strengthen my core. Since that day, I have had no back issues. But I have to be diligent. I know that if I slack off, the pain will return.

Sooner or later, we will all experience some kind of back issues. But that doesn’t have to stop you from living an active, happy life. Stay tuned for our full exercise program designed to create amazing core strength and is guaranteed to keep you on your feet and living pain-free.