Hello and welcome to the third October blog, Variety In Your Movements.
Variety in your movements is absolutely key to having a healthy and active body for right now, and for the rest of your life.
Last week I left you thinking about how to introduce daily movement to look after your joints and your body in general, to help avoid tight, tired, painful, and stressed muscles. I know daily movement seems like a lot of hard work, and to begin with, it will be. Especially if you’re not used to it, or it is completely out of your comfort zone because you haven’t moved well for a while, or your current exercise regime is not serving you well because you are experiencing feelings of tightness or restriction at one or more joint.
Variety In Your Movements Already Fit?
I know a lot of people who are incredibly active, and fit, and strong. Yet they have massive problems with one or more joint being painful, and they just ignore or cover it up with painkillers. For most people, this is completely avoidable and can be solved. These very fit people tend to be exercising in the same plane of movement as. They perform all day, namely forward motion – walking, cycling, running, even weightlifting.
So, What Exercises am I talking about?
How Much Movement Should I Do?
Any exercise and movement that opens your hip joints up, rotates your shoulders, and twists your spine, will suffice. These movements can be found in martial arts, yoga, Pilates, dancing… and many more exercise techniques. Practised daily these can bring you amazing effects. And, here is the good news, you only need to practise these exercises for ten to fifteen minutes a day. Isn’t that great?
Ideally, you would need to practise for longer on weekends to begin with, to build up a stable of movements and a confidence to carry them out, so that when you get to your fifteen minute daily practise, you are able to go from movement to movement with ease, rather than pausing to look up what you should do next and losing momentum or coming up against your next activity.
When Could You Be More Active?
Take a few moments now to think about where in your day you could achieve this. Personally, I dedicate an hour on a weekend day, and for the rest of the week, I practise for 10-20 minutes on a yoga mat in my living room, while my husband and I watch something on the the TV to unwind from the stresses of the day. There is always a way.
Check back next week for an exciting announcement!
In the meantime, if you would like some hands on help to increase your joints capability of movement, get yourself booked in for a Sports Massage at www.astralfitness.co.uk and if you are feeling a little more adventurous, why not enquire about some Personal Training sessions to get you started in being more active.
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Thank you for taking the time to read todays blog, see you next time!