from a physical perspective….in my opinion that is…
1. Listen and be mindful. If it hurts… STOP please! Your body will thank you. I’ve seen so many people over the years who push themselves. This was always a hard one for me to understand. But I am pain adverse and prefer to walk rather than run. If you are more “type A” or a likes a challenge kind of person, that’s great AND just pay extra attention. Meaning, extra effort deserves extra attention.
2 Get your alignment checked out. Just like you would do with your car. Make sure your hips and pelvis are in optimal alignment. Is your exercise program placing your rib cage in the best position for power and efficiency in your core muscles?
3 Make sure your footwear is working in your favor. The right tennis shoes can make a huge difference regarding your posture, comfort and dynamic mobility with activities. There are some simple procedures to find out which shoes are best for you. Consider coming in for a free 20-30 minute consult with me and bring your shoes…we can check them out!
4 Find some movement practices that nourish you and feel delicious. Dance, yoga, Pilates, Nia (one of my favorites), hiking in the woods….whatever, just make sure it feels fun and enlivening and not another thing on your to do list!
5 Connect with some “ accountabil-a-buddies”. I don’t know about you but I love supporting my friends in their fitness goals and having friends to exercise with. Last year I had two other friends who would meet me at the gym at 6am and we would circuit train together. I could not have done that without them. Not all of us need this type of support but many of us do. So, find some folks to make this time more enjoyable!
May 2019 bring you more awareness and less physical pain!