Resilience and Re-invention are required for expansion.
Consider the beautiful, large trees that exist today. They started as small saplings hundreds of years ago. Their shapes tell a story of the storms that they endured, the animals that they housed and the presence of humanity.
Our bodies also tell a story.
We can change the story, if it ensures that we live to our highest potential.
For health, you need to rise up from your injuries and expectations and implement disciplined action to rebuild the version of you that you deserve.
Resilience means honouring your story and giving it the space for compassion.
Re-invention means acknowledging your past and making the necessary steps to move forward into a new trajectory of limitless potential.
It requires action.
Draw knowledge from the right people, eat the food that will fuel you, rest, move, turn in, reassess, shift.
Speaking and working with High performers is very much related to my work as a chiropractor and dance artist. They inspire me. I keep them going.
Transformation happens when you ALIGN your mindset to your goals so that you Embody them as reality.
Jump performance is not just about height. It’s about how your foot can articulate and push off the ground to initiate a chain reaction of movement, breath and core control. Learn to dissect the jump and how self-care tools and conditioning techniques can help you take off.
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The iliopsoas muscle is the deep hip flexor muscle that attaches to your low back (lumbar spine) and deep into your hip (femoral head). This muscle gets tight from overuse from sitting and physical activity. When this tight is chronically tight, your abdominal muscles are unable to stabilize your spine for posture and you can potentially develop chronic low back pain, hip pain and even pain or numbness and tingling down your leg! Tight psoas muscles are a common issue that I treat in my office.
I would argue that most people don’t know how to isolate this muscle to stretch it. Watch this video to learn my simple and easy tip to relieve strain and tension.
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The season of spring not only wakes up hibernating animals from their slumber, but hibernating athletes as well. The rise in temperature brings out more people being physically active outdoors. This is a wonderful thing, but please take this word of advice: Although your mind may feel that your body is as fit as it was in its “Heyday”, it may not be. If you haven’t been consistent with your training, the reality is that your muscles atrophy (shrink) and your flexibility reduces. The same thing applies to your cardio. Your heart is a muscle and if you don’t do endurance training regularly, your ability to exercise for longer periods of time will reduce.
In a nutshell, take the following steps so that your Spring enthusiasm doesn’t lead you to injury:
Be realistic with your goals. If you ran 10K regularly in November, you may not be able to do that today. Find a training book that will give you a program to gradually increase your mileage safely.
Mind your posture. Your back, abdominals and gluts stabilize your spine and pelvis and maintain proper alignment in any activity. If these muscles are not well conditioned, you can develop injuries such as low back pain, I-T band syndrome, etc.
Cross Train. Your body adapts to the stimuli that you give it. If you sit most of the year, your body has adapted to this and will not be able to handle a new burst of activity. Engage in full body resistance training, dance, pilates/yoga and cardio to give yourself a strong and leaner body.
Get new shoes. Those kicks from the ’80s are not going to cut it. Find a good shoe that provides cushioning and support and that is SPORT SPECIFIC to your activity.
Enjoy! Don’t be too hard on yourself if your body doesn’t seem to be as strong as it was before. Realize that the body adapts and will improve with consistent training. Enjoy the wind and sun on your face as you play outdoors! Re-awaken your senses.
If you feel like you never have energy to go work out, then ask yourself what time of the day you have the most energy.
Fitness for breakfast (roll out of bed and jump into your running shoes)
If you are morning person like myself, then going for a quick run or resistance training before a big breakfast is a great way to start the day. Not only that, you’ve already ticked off fitness off your list, so you no longer have to deal with the guilt when you get home from a busy day.
Fitness for lunch
If you have a long commute to work or school, morning workouts will cut into your sleep time! So the lunch hour is a great time to squeeze in some physical activity. Pop into your local gym for a class, take a nice walk or run around the block! You can probably eat your lunch at your desk afterwards…
Fitness for dessert
If you have more energy in the late afternoon or evening, working out is a great way to blow off some steam from work, school or taking care of the house or kids.
Once you find out your prime time for activity, you can get rid of the excuses!
Did you know that your muscles adapt to the level of activity that you do? The heavier you lift, the bigger your muscles become. Likewise, the more you stretch the longer your muscles become.
For example, when you sit for most of the day, your hip flexor muscles shorten. You may think that this is not be a big deal , but when you want to start to become physically active, you become more prone to injury because your body is not used to being lengthened, especially if the range of motion is ballistic (quick spurts).
To prevent injury, stretch once a day and hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds.