Managing My Energy and Performance with Cerebral Palsy

3-5x more energy required for people with cerebral palsy.

That’s an astonishing piece information I received a few years ago, only pointed out to me from someone who had the same muscle structure as me.

No wonder I felt tired!

It was often lost on me that the tiredness I felt, the guilt, the annoyance, the frustration, All emotions playing out surrounding general performance, particularly with sport was answerable because of CP.

My mind wants to go!

It’s a very infuriating element sometimes. That being said, it doesn’t prevent me from researching my own body and managing the energy….with some caffeine to help along the way as I made me way into my 30’s!

The energy equation has had me realising that I HAVE to manage my performance, at the gym, work and in other environments in such a way that brings my best with my disability. Much of this also accounts for how other challenges are tackled too…lots and lots of pre-planning.

Ironically I used to find planning all the time exhausting but I love it now, that time allows me to plot to the best of my ability exactly what is required to get the best from every single moment. From nutrition, sleep, travel – if I can plan it, the less stress there is, I can allow time and carve out some more ‘energy credit’.

By doing more of this I can see where I’m at my best, know when likely challenges will come and make changes ahead of time for me and potentially let others be aware if need be.

Now, it doesn’t ALWAYS work – there are the occasional changes but it just helps so much in usual day to day tasks that’s it very much worth doing!

Published by Matt Elson

Bringing you the latest in not only my personal journal into the world of disability Bodybuilding, but a discovery into latest events, profiles, news and promoting awareness of this great sport Based in Bristol in the UK, I’ve been competing in Disability Bodybuilding for the last 3 years in a journey which has taken me all over the country to national, international & world championships and I am so so grateful for that opportunity that had changed my life. Living with Cerebal Palsy has its challenges, but everyone has their individual hurdles to negotiate. Gaining strength both physically & mentally and adapting to the surrounding is all part of this journey. This is a mission to raise awareness, to promote our great category to develop opportunities for others. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss more!

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