Feel Better Blog
Ways to help you feel better every day: mind, body and spirit!
At various times in my adult life I have started a new workout routine or decided to train for something ridiculous given my activity level (think marathon from couch potato and again couch potato to P90X!) While I don't promote that extreme of a shift for my friends and clients anymore, I do recognize its attraction for some. You feel like there are so many things to change that you just go all in and don't look back. Given my training helping people feel better and reducing pain with massage, coaching and rehabilitation, I want to share some things to consider so that you hurt less, are less injury prone and feel better along the way.
1) Get some help. Yes, you may have done this before and done well. But you aren't the same person and you rarely have the self-awareness to recognize - a) if you should be doing this (Advice from your doctor!) b)when you have poor form c) lack of understanding on how to get from where you are to where you want to be and d) you might have missed something pretty important. I know, I know I don't like hearing this about myself either.
Whether it is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, running specialist, coach, or a tennis pro, you want to make sure you have a good understanding of the basics and someone that can help you reflect what my old corporate training taught me: areas of opportunity. I recommend a team of resources: blog posts, videos, articles and websites from trusted sources, forums to ask questions, and professionals to seek help. And don't overlook supplementary helpers which might include nutrition coaching, chiropractic care, meditation, sports and trigger point massage, or cross-training with something like yoga.
2)Recognize the areas of activity that are involved and do your best to cover them all depending on what activities (or inactivity if you have an office job) you are preparing for ( this list is from my friends at Quantum Fit here in Indianapolis):
4)Listen to your body and its instincts. It knows more than you usually give it credit for. Are you tuned in and listening? Do you know how to work out trigger points with a foam roller? Are you including stretching after you cool down? Are you strengthening areas that get tired easily? Are you open to new ideas when the old ones aren't working? Are you giving yourself nutrient dense food so that you don't feel so sluggish? Are you getting rest when you need it?
5) Support yourself. Surround yourself with a wall of reminders and people that help you connect to why you started this journey to do something different in the first place. Dig down to why this was important for you to start. Find compassionate people who not only hold you accountable but encourage you to keep digging deeper to do great things in your life. People that help you be at your best in all walks of life.
How does this list work for you? What is on your list to do better, think better, and feel better?
Have a great week and let me know what you think about your own journey of starting anew.
With love and light,
Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Personal Development junkie.
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