Time waits on no one and life is busier than ever, but let us not forget to stop and appreciate the small things.
This year let us focus more on building and maintaining healthy relationships, self development, being healthy, finding a form of exercise or movement practice that makes you feel good , laugh more.
Enjoying nature more, going for more walks, having actual conversations with each other, be present and enjoy the moment when we are with family , learning new things, or revisiting a hobby you once enjoyed.
Enjoy life, eat the cake, take the trip, life is short.
Injuries happen and the more active you are it is highly probable. If, you have a repeated injury, the possibility is there that you did not recover fully from the first one.
So, this time around the first goal is to focus on getting 100 percent better. Visit your PT and /or get right back on your rehab exercises, yes, you have to do your homework.
Another shift in mindset or perspective is to change the way you think about injuries. What I mean by that is by thinking about the injury as more of a challenge that will make you stronger rather than a problem or a nuisance, mindset shift.
I am speaking from personal experience. changing my perspective has helped me deal with an injury.
In order to get better and stronger focusing on your recovery by making a plan is key. The longer you “sit still” the harder it is to recover. Start small, this takes diligence and consistent effort.
Remember, the goal is to get better, and moving with out pain is the focus. Be patient with my body and know that your body has your back but, sometimes it just needs a little extra TLC.
Being patient will help you to recover fully.
You come back stronger, in mind and body, knowing that you will be able to handle any injuries that may happen in future, whether its by an accident or whatever life throws at you.
Stick to the plan, there are no short cuts.
I am saying it again, with a shift in mindset/perspective the positive side of an injury, yes, I said a positive side, is to look at it as an opportunity to improve while keeping the goal in mind to getting a hundred percent better.
Stay open and pay attention to subtle shifts.
As always rooting for you.
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We all have those blah days, when things are not going according to plan.
When I feel like this I really have to give myself a “pep talk” and just get on my mat and move, or if i have the time take myself for a walk.
Today, I had one of those blah days. I knew I wanted to move but was not quite sure which exercise modality my body was craving. So, I turned on some chill music and allowed myself to just feel the music and move with it. I can tell you this, I felt a million times better than before I started.
This is just a reminder to let you know movement does not have to be structured.
Blast your music and feel the beat and let your body move.
This is the free flowing movement I did ( the video is sped up).
If this past year has taught me anything, it is to slow down. Yes, sometimes we need to pause, take a few breaths, take it all in then move forward.
I know for me personally, I have shifted my mindset around many things but for this post, I am keeping it focused on my movement practice. I definitely used to be a “cardio bunny”. Not so much now, don’t get me wrong, I still love and do cardio, but on a gentler basis. #changeyourperspective
I have been doing a lot more walking and mobility work along with low impact strength training and as always Pilates and my signature classes.
My goal for myself and my clients is focused on Movement for Longevity. Movement that will keep you feeling strong and supported so you will be able to continue doing all the things you like to keep doing for years to come.
We have all experienced these days at some time or another. I am going to keep this short and sweet.
I go for a walk. Sunshine and fresh air and appreciating the wonders of creation.
2. Turn up the volume and dance. Music will lift your mood.
3. Write it out. Journaling is a great way to work through issues or problems and journaling allows you to be fully present and aware of how you are feeling. Never underestimate the power of the pen.:)
4. Exercise, you knew this would be one of my coping strategies. The saying “movement is medicine” resonates with me and I have proven it to work and lift my mood.
5. I will typically call my mom. You are never too old to need your mom. 🙂
What do you do when you are having a bad day? Please share in the comments.
The ability to kneel or sit on the floor and get back up is one of the best ways to preserve our mobility and predict our overall fitness and longevity.
This simple act may not seem like much but, when you stop and think about it, our ability to be able to control our bodies and the strength it takes to “pick ourselves up” off the floor is priceless.
This is particularly important as we get older. This simple act works every muscle in our bodies and it works our balance, core strength, upper body strength, leg strength, flexibility, coordination, mobility and stability.
I find this movement will also reveal any strength weaknesses we may have.
Along with tailored exercises to help address these weaknesses, the repeated act of moving from the ground up will help to restore the strength.
As babies we learned to crawl before we could walk and the ground helped with that, the ground as resistance.
If this is a challenge for you, start slow and work your way up. Use a sturdy object as support to help you get stronger.