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|Posted on 19 February, 2017 at 0:54||comments (1142)|
My body aches because I'm old!!!
Does it really though???
Ever since I got into the fitness industry back in 1999 I always hear those few famous words.
" just wait until your my age"
" you can do that because your young"
" I hurt now because I'm old"
" If only I was 30 again"
Well I'm here to give you some good news! Your age is not the reason why your body is in the shape it is in or why you have aches & pains.
The reason or answer to the above statements has more to do with;
1) The neglect that has taken place.
2) Over training or abuse your body has gone through
3) Going to long without knowing that there was or is an underlying issue with your body.
4) I'm too busy to take care of myself.
Let's break this down further;
1) Neglect - this has a number of examples.
2) Abuse - I see this with the weekend warriors, Type A personalities, the New Years resolutions and endurance athletes.
These examples cause more wear and tear to their body then most. They tend to have high pain tolerances and have the go get it done kind of mental attitude. Which is a great trait but they forget that part of the plan to attaining their goal also needs to include rest & recovery. Rome wasn't built in a day!
So after a few months or years of pushing 150% and forgetting about that small little ache it's now grown into a chronic situation but the "I'm not going to let this stop me" mind set is the root of their discomfort & pain.
3) Ignorance - this is the type of situation that slaps you in the face and you never saw it coming but it could have been prevented it. All it takes is going and getting your body worked on and not forgetting that yes your head does sit on top of a body and it needs your attention just as much as you focus on work or your life. If you don't, your body will let you know that it's been forgotten about at some point down the road.
4) Time - No I'm not taking about your age but not taking the time out of your busy day to focus on yourself. That's right, it's important to also spend time each day taking care of yourself. I'd say this is a HUGE factor for a lot of people. We are all busy and its easy to skip a meal, a workout, a doctor check up or to start that fitness program we've been taking about for 4 months now. Next thing you know 6 months have past and those extra pounds of fat are still there or the gym clothes still have the dust on them.
It's always that same answer isn't it, "I know...I know...I need to start that!"
Now that I have a child I fully understand how difficult it is to find those extra few minutes to take care of me.
Remember, no one is going to give you that time you need....YOU have to find/make it yourself.
So there are my top 4 reasons why your age may not have anything to do with how you feel. So go make today count and change how you will feel tomorrow.
|Posted on 18 February, 2017 at 23:43||comments (1188)|
Stretching is not just about trying to do the splits, it's about restoring the bodies ability to move. As we go about our daily life's we are constantly moving against gravity and as creatures of habit we tend to do the same things every day. Whether that means sitting at a desk all day, exercising with weights or running every day or standing on your feet all day. As a result of this repetitive motion or lack there of, the body will slowly adapts to what your doing. Some areas will get tighter from the overuse while others may get weaker. Over a period of time this imbalance slowly increases inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissue which disrupts the ability to move freely. A body (whether it's a joint or muscle tissue) under stress is slower to recover and repair from daily life activities then a body free of stress.
So this is where stretching comes in.
By incorporating a daily stretching routine your training the body to be better at recovering and adapting to these stresses. In a way your bring yourself back to center. The other thing about stretching daily is you begin to learn how your body feels from head to toe, you begin to have a better understanding of what's normal tightness and when something is out of balance and needs extra work by a professional such as a chiropractor, massage therapist or a flexibility therapist such as myself.
|Posted on 13 August, 2014 at 11:54||comments (1614)|
Should I Stretch Before
That’s a great question and there are so many opinions out there that say yes you should and more times than not they say no you shouldn’t because current research show that it doesn’t help improve range of motion or reduce your chance of injury.
Well here’s some up to date information for you
|Posted on 24 March, 2013 at 22:35||comments (555)|
|Posted on 28 December, 2012 at 5:25||comments (513)|
You may have gone to a therapist of some kind such as a chiropractor or massage therapist to work it out and it may have subsided for a few days, weeks or months but then it just seems to come back again.
This is what I consider treating the symptom and not the cause. For example. If you think back to high school and there is a bully and the victim, which one complains? The victim right? You never hear about the bully going to their parents or the teacher and telling them about how they abused the other student. Never....It's always the victim telling someone about being picked on by the bully.
I have found that the aches and pains we experience in our body more times then not are no different. For example, neck and shoulder tightness/aches are more times then not the result of stress and strain being placed on them from the front of the body. Mainly the chest muscles (Pec Minor) and/or the hip flexors (Psoas) pulling the upper body into flexion or forward causing the shoulders and arms to round forward and the head to move forward.
As a result the Neck muscles (Levator Scapula), Shoulder muscles (Traps) and Back muscles (Rhomboids) get taut as they are elongated like a rubber band increasing the muscle tension in them. As a result of the constent tension on them they can develop knots or trigger points which can cause referred pain and muscle disfunction, restrict blood flow to the head causing tension headaches, cause bursitis in the shoulder and numbness/tingling in the arms and hands.
To relieve these symptoms and prevent them from coming back I have found that it is best to treat the source of the issues by; Releasing the muscles and tissue that are pulling the body forward into flexion and strengthening the postural muscles to help keep the head and shoulders in a neutral allignment.