Hi y'all! Bethany here for this week's post! You want to get healthy? Great! Go get a glass of water to drink as you read this. J/K, but really, you should... I am.
Let's talk mobility!
Truth? I have a love/hate relationship with mobility. The hate part is just because it's slow-going, and we live in a world that constantly craves instant gratification [guilty]. But mobility is long-term, one of those... the tortoise wins the race type deals! Warming up your body, moving with intention, cooling down your body, and giving it the love and attention it deserves is necessary.
and the long-term results are simply too rewarding to pass up!
the ability to move or be moved freely and easily
"this exercise helps retain mobility in the damaged joints"
synonyms: ability to move, movability
I think the key words are "move freely and easily"
So where do you even start? In today's world there is an over-abundance of information available... and boy, can it be overwhelming!
But don't let that stop you from taking the step towards a healthier life! Your body is already thanking you for taking those extra sips of water just now!
What are some things you can do in your daily routine to help loosen up your muscles?
When I'm in pain, I don't really want to do anything, which can make it hard to work! I certainly understand that well... I own a calligraphy business, and Dr. Gennett would be happy to tell you how tight my neck and shoulders are from writing in terrible, hunched-over positions for hours. [Side Note: regular chiropractic adjustments make a huge difference for me!]
Why live in pain? We should all take the steps necessary to alleviate any discomfort. I recently set a goal for myself to at least walk the length of my hallway every twenty-five minutes during projects. This is all of maybe 50-100 steps, but it gets me upright, walking, and is a great break for my eye muscles as well!
Start small if you need to, but start doing SOMETHING that will improve your body movement in some way.
It could be aimed at a particular muscle group or even at having better posture more consistently. I have noticed when I get out of sync with my chiro visits and my walking goal that I'm much less productive in other areas of my life. It's amazing to me how closely different aspects of our total wellness are tied together! To complement my adjustments, I do 20 minutes of yoga either in the morning or right before bed at least 3x each week. I'm hoping to work that up to a daily thing!
I challenge you to set a teeny tiny goal for yourself today!
- walk to get water every hour during your workday
- do 5 minutes of stretching at your desk mid morning
- take a break from your computer screen (your eyes have muscles too!)
- schedule 1 hr throughout the week for yoga
- bookmark your favorite mobility video for easy access
Now that you have a small goal, think bigger! As in, how success with your small goal can lead to bigger goals.
Bigger goals. A Healthier you!
Part of the services we offer here at Next Gen Chriropractic focus on exactly this. If you're in pain, you're probably not moving very well, or at all! Dr. Gennett's main goal as a chiropractor is to get you back to pain-free and enjoying all of Western North Carolina. Check out the resources below, stick to or increase the goal you set earlier, and come see us for a personalized mobility program tailored to your lifestyle and your needs!
Some of my Favorite Resources for mobility
stay tuned for some free at-work stretching demos & techniques!
Make an appointment to come in and learn more about our nutritional guidance
services or how chiropractic care can help you stay younger longer and
help you enjoy all that Western North Carolina has to offer!