So I was riding my motorcycle on the freeway in Los Angeles at the beginning of rush hour. I don’t know if you’ve ever driven on the freeway in Los Angeles, but it can be quite frustrating. Long Story short, due to what I hope was an accident I ended up laying my bike down and sliding then rolling along the freeway.
I expected to be sore from the tumbling, mainly because everyone kept saying I would be. Secretly I thought that I was in such good shape, and I exercised so regularly, that I was going to wake up the next day feeling like I tripped and fell, but not like I was thrown from a moving vehicle on the freeway.
I had heard of this phenomenon before. Super fit person is in car accident and no one knows why the survived. Super fit person is diagnosed with a tumor crushing their spine and after surgery they are back to lifting weights heavier than ever. So I looked into it.
Having more muscle mass does a few things for your body:
- stronger bones
- more cushion for bones
- stronger connective tissue
In addition to those being obvious reasons as to why a fit person could come out on top in a traumatic injury there are are a few other things I was doing leading up to the accident that helped as well.
- I was eating a lot of protein
- training my body to recover quickly
- I was prepared mentally
According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, when your body undergoes a traumatic injury it can require a higher level of protein and amino acids, up to 4 times the normal amount! Since I was already eating about 3-4 times the amount of protein that most people eat, I believe that it contributed greatly to my fast healing times.
Your body is a highly adaptive amazing machine and if you exercise at high intensity regularly, and your body is used to it, then when an intense event like this one happens your body can look at it like any other day.
I truly believe that the best medicine is preventative. Eat right, exercise, take care of yourself.
So, stay fit my friends, it may save your life someday.