Friedman & Simon - April 2020

Whether your New Year’s workout routine is finally embedded in your schedule or you’re still trying to make it happen, always remember that your mind is just as important as your body. On some days, you may feel like anything is possible. But on others, it may feel impossible to even get out of bed. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal! There’s no reason to feel ashamed if you’re struggling with gaining steam and motivation for your workout. Here are some mental strategies to help you get firmly into your routine this year and in the years to come. GETTING TO THE GYM What’s the hardest part of working out? For most people, it’s not the heavy weights or the long cardio sessions — it’s actually stepping into the gym. Sometimes, people will wake up and think that the gym isn’t possible that day as they lay in bed. Some people will psych themselves out of working out because their time is limited, or they worry about how tired they’ll be after the workout (especially after or before a busy day). Instead of thinking of reasons you can’t or don’t want to go, focus your mind only on the task of getting there. Stepping into the gym will often give you the mental push to actually work out. It’s also best to leave the all-or-nothing mindset behind — a 45- or 55-minute-or even longer- workout isn’t required every single gym session. Life happens, and even if it’s a short exercise session, your workout may actually energize you for the rest of your day. Even more importantly, you will be strengthening the habit. Consistency over time will deliver the best results, in the gym as in other areas of life. Make a promise to yourself to just start. Go for a minimum of five or ten minutes and then re-evaluate. Once you have started rolling the boulder, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much easier the momentum makes it to keep it rolling. Even on a day you cut the session short, you are building the neural pathways of the positive behavior. PUSHING YOURSELF TO THE LIMIT Studies have found that the most successful people share grit: the ability to work hard and endure even the most difficult times. Workouts may burn, and the motions may feel uncomfortable, so it’s crucial to have the grit to push yourself. Rather than give up, you should embrace the challenge and see it as a sign you’re growing stronger. Adjust your inner vocabulary. Anything that seems “uncomfortable” should be reconsidered as “intense” but something you can work through. Of course, be careful to know discomfort from pain so as to avoid injury. As in all things, let common sense be your constant companion. Otherwise, train hard and enjoy the benefits! FINDING MOTIVATION ON THOSE TOUGH DAYS Top Mental Strategies for Your Fitness Routine

Strange Cases

People can be hurt in the most unexpected ways. Sometimes they may slip and fall, and other times they might be hit by a falling pipe out of the blue. In our nearly three decades in personal injury law, our firm has seen all manner of surprising accidents. THE EXAM TABLE Our client was visiting the doctor’s office and was asked to sit up on a medical exam table. This proved a bit of a challenge for her, as she was only around 4 feet 11 inches, meaning she was seated with her feet dangling well off the floor. To make matters worse, when an assistant asked her to get down from the table, they didn’t give our client a stool or a helping hand to get down. They simply pulled out a drawer and asked her to step on it. Naturally, our client lost her balance and fell — fracturing her hip. While this did happen in a doctor’s office, it wasn’t an instance of medical malpractice but a niche case of simple negligence instead. HOTWATER We had a client who’d been living in the same apartment for 20 years with his brother. Sadly, the apartment complex had a history of supplying residents with overly hot water, which would prove disastrous. Our client is totally blind, and so while attempting to wash a bowl in his sink, he accidentally splashed water all over his arms and chest. The problem is this water was scolding hot — so hot, in fact, that it gave our client severe burns even after passing through his shirt. YOGA GONE WRONG As a new yoga student, our client was attempting to hold a pose along with the rest of her class. The instructor, noticing a flaw in our client’s form, went to give her an adjustment. While this is a common practice for yoga teachers, this instructor didn’t warn our client and simply grabbed and lifted her feet. Our client heard a cracking sound from her neck, and her arm went numb — the sudden movement injured her neck. In the end, she’d require cervical surgery and a spinal fusion. Here’s the one thing these three cases have in common: We won each client a substantial amount of compensation. No matter how strange the circumstances, if someone is seriously injured, it may be worth getting in touch with a lawyer.



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