You know that feeling.... the one where your boss is pushing you to the point of no return, the kids are screaming for their tablets, or your dog pees on the floor , just as you were leaving for work.
Close your eyes and think back to a time when you experienced one of these, and how stressed you felt at that moment.
In all honesty, this is often how our bodies feel with us.
We go to sleep late, but wake up early.
We eat six times a day, but half are junk meals, and one that many of us has done before, is over-taxing and working out the body, but engaged in zero or little recovery.
Starting today, let's make a conscience effort to start taking care of our bodies with simple recovery tools like self-stretching or partner assisted stretching.
Are you going to be reactive or proactive?
When it comes to not over-stressing our bodies, we need to take the proactive approach vs. reactive approach.
What's the difference you may ask?
Reactive recovery can often be looked at as physical therapy, which entails a physical therapist who actively puts a plan together to make you feel better....
During this time, you are likely to miss out on your normal day to day activities, which affects your quality of life.
Proactive recovery such as incorporating 10-15 minutes of stretching everyday for 3-5x a week allows you to work on injury prevention, and decreases the chances for any significant joint pain.
Let's make a vow!
From this day forward, let's vow to each other that we'll stop being so dang on stressful to our bodies and start stretching for recovery.
For more information on getting help with a self-stretching program or assisted stretching, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author
Mikiela Nelson, known to most as Mikki, has a vast array of experience in the health and wellness industry.
Mikki began her journey officially, following graduation from Towson University with a B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. Following graduation at Towson University in 2008, she was accepted into the highly competitive Physical Therapy program at Marymount University. Marymount is where she gained her passion and experience of how to effectively achieve growth in her patients, both physically and mentally. In 2012, Mikki graduated from Marymount University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree which earned her the affectionate name, Dr. Mikki.