Health Tips: Avoiding Weekend Warrior Syndrome
either gender can succumb to weekend warrior syndrome, when you get out there to
make the most of your two days, only to end up hurting yourself. We don’t know
of any official statistics on this, but our suspicion is that humans of the male
gender are more likely to be weekend warriors. Does any of this sound familiar?
► There’s a
lot of yard work to be done, and maybe even some rocks to be moved in order to
dig a garden. Instead of spending a couple of hours a day for many days on the
chore, the weekend warrior decides to spend the entire Saturday and Sunday
moving those rocks and digging that garden. The result? Rocks are moved, garden
is dug, and weekend warrior is in bed with a sprained back and can’t even go
to work for several days.
warrior decides that doing yard work is a great opportunity to get a tan. No sun
block is applied. The result? A blistering sunburn that actually causes nausea
tennis is suddenly the weekend warrior’s favorite pastime. And not just one
game, but three, is the standard. Suddenly, the weekend warrior has tennis elbow
and a very sore knee, and can’t play tennis again for a month.
do you rein in your weekend warrior?
There’s a fine line
between expressing your concerns and becoming a nag. The points you want to
stress are that you understand how great it feels to get out there on those
weekend days and get active, and also how appreciative your are of the work
that’s being done. But you also want to stress how important it is to you that
your spouse is safe. Phrases like,
about this—instead of spending all day getting rocks out of that garden,
what if we just spent a couple of hours and then took a break?”
going to do some yard work? How about if I apply a little sun block for
you?” NOT: “If you don’t put sun block on, you’re going to be red as
a beet by the end of the day.”
I know you love playing tennis, and I’m glad you have an activity that you
like. But I hate it when you get injured and then can’t play again for so
new power tools! Let’s look at the manual to make sure you’re doing
everything you need to keep yourself safe.”
Just remember, make
sure that it’s your care and concern that comes across loud and clear.
That’s always more effective than nagging.