Whether you’re 22 or 62, we all have one thing in common: inhabiting a physical body without which we could not live, work or even experience the sights, tastes and sounds of life. And yet, most of us walk around as if our body is an afterthought: nothing more than a fleshy carrying case for our brains…that is, of course, until our bodies decide to assert themselves in an injury or disease state.

Even though I’m in my early forties, I notice it. Like how I get sore after a workout I didn’t think would be that hard. Or how I can sleep funny and all of a sudden my hip is wonky. Or that – of all things – it seems like I barely have the grip strength to open up a jar of Rao’s pasta sauce.

And I am soooooo not okay with it. I want to do more, not less. Run more, live more, especially now that I’m finally through the young kids phase and actually have a bit of time for myself. I don’t want my physical form to get in the way of living the next 60 years. 

So I was excited to talk to physiotherapist Andrew Sabarre about the actual science of movement, and caring for our bodies in a way that had nothing to do with weight – or even “crushing your goals” – but about being able to inhabit our bodies with ease and function as we get older. 

This episode is for everyone who wants to build an appreciation of what the body actually is…and what it means to take good care of it. You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from the knowledge Andrew drops; in fact, it’s probably the most transformative for those of us who aren’t! I learned so much in this one.

physiotherapist andrew sabarre on the allsorts podcast

About Andrew Sabarre, Physiotherapist:

Andrew Sabarre is a physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience. He is a strength and conditioning specialist, the former Chief Clinical Officer of Myodetox as well as a CrossFit coach, dad and (by his description) reluctant runner…just in case you think super fit people always love it too!

On this episode we chat about:

  • What does a physiotherapist actually do?
  • How Andrew’s mom was instrumental in him becoming a physio
  • How long it takes your muscles to atrophy when you’re inactive
  • Why bone load is critical to maintaining their strength
  • Desiree’s random injury that diagnosed a systemic issue from pregnancy she didn’t know she had
  • What strength training actually does the for the body
  • Why you need functional exercise for optimal mobility
  • The surprising amount of injuries that come from this everyday chore
  • How to determine the ache of getting stronger vs the pain of harming yourself
  • The exact recommended amount of exercise to maintain health

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Thanks so much for listening to this episode of The Allsorts Podcast, which is produced by myself and edited by Brian McCalman. We are grateful to live and work and learn on the unceded and ancestral territory of the squamish, musqueum, and tsleil-waututh peoples.