STORIES: From Hernia To Indestructible Back

Mateo Melichar
6 min readFeb 24, 2020


You know that time when you struggle to bend over and get where you want to go. Our body carries us around from A to B; it never stops to work and takes over the load, stress, and protects us.

Today, I want to tell you a story about a friend I dearly admire. His name is Frank; he lives in Spain near the Barcelona coast; he has a lovely family, two kids, and a charming wife.

He is managing the operational side at a midsized company. He leads by inspiration, integrity, and kindness are traits that he breathes and abides.

Once, I had a chance to attend his presentation and was truly inspired and moved.

We have met, and Frank hosted my girlfriend and me in his lovely house. We had a great afternoon in the sun, drinking beer and enjoying fantastic bbq.

At one moment, I noticed that Frank is not walking very smoothly; my curiosity led me to ask what happened. It seemed that Frank has just had a massage a day before because he hurt his back; it seemed like a hernia.

According to Webmd; A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. The most common types of hernia are inguinal (inner groin), incisional (resulting from an incision), femoral (outer groin), umbilical (belly button), and hiatal (upper stomach)

Struggle to keep up

As smart as Frank was, he struggles to exercise, which causes him often recurring health back and shoulder problems.

I hate people to suffer if you remember my previous article about the difference between a broken hip and running the stairs is strength training at 85 years old. If not, I recommend you to do that.

It’s easy to take care of your body, but you need to make it your priority. You cannot expect your body to keep up without investing in it. If Frank were an ancient spartan hunter-gatherer, he would spend a lot of time outdoors, sprinting, lifting heavy stuff, and making sure he moves.

But Frank did not; he was consumed by his work, doing his best, and health and fitness were on the last priority of his list. He poured himself in his company, family, and his free time spend…



Mateo Melichar

I love to blog about life, how to have kickass energy, and be consistent — author of Mastering Body, Mind & Health