There are many things that make me feel old.
- When I look in the mirror and see my mother’s face and wonder when did that happen. (My mother was beautiful, don’t get me wrong. It is just surprising when you see that you looked like she did when she was 60).
- When I go to my 40th (!!!) high school reunion. Count ‘em – 40 years!
- When someone calls me “ma’am!”
- When I catch a reflection of an “old looking” person in a window and realize it is me!
I can laugh off being called “ma’am” as a case of mistaken identify! But it is hard to laugh off how stiff I feel when I get out of bed in the morning. Or how difficult it is to get onto the floor before warming my body up. Not too mention bending over to tie your shoes!
There are countless situations that are telltale signs that we are not as young as we used to be. But it’s the stiffness we feel in our everyday movement that makes us feel old.
Schedule a complimentary fitness consultation with Pam to find out how you can “feel less old!” Call (630-653-8152) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get on her schedule.
If you follow Strand Fitness’ blog (https://strandfitnessllc.com/blog/ ), you will know that I am a huge proponent of exercising on a regular basis. It is one way to keep the body as spry as possible. Strength and cardiovascular training, balance work, and coordination exercises will help reverse many of the physical aspects of aging. Moving the body, building muscle, and getting the blood flowing promote more “youthful” movement.
But there is more specific movement work that we should concentrate on as we age. And that work is mobility work.
Intentionally training your joints to perform in their fullest and healthiest range of motion possible helps get rid of the stiffness that makes you feel so old.
There are three very accessible means for enhancing your mobility.
- Stretching your muscles.
- Relieving muscle tension with tools like foam rollers and with treatments like massage.
- Doing mobility exercises that enhance your range of motion.
Stretching helps lengthen your muscles.
Performing a daily set of stretches is a helpful habit to develop. Personal trainers can help you put together a stretching program. (Here is a link to suggestions for morning stretches.)
There are great books to guide you. Stretching by Bob Anderson is one of the best. (Here is a Facebook post about this book.)
And here at our studio, we use a stretching method (Active Isolated Stretching -AIS) which helps people maximize the effectiveness of stretching without the discomfort many of us associate with it. Plus, you have someone do the stretching for you!
Sometimes stretching is not enough.
Another way to reduce stiffness is to use tools like foam rollers or small balls like tennis balls and lacrosse balls at the source of the tightness. These methods will “release” tension and improve the “quality” of the muscle tissue, making it pliable again. Hint, Hint – foam rollers are great for relieving hip stiffness!
Regular massages are also a wonderful (and rejuvenating) way to relieve tension. I have been getting regular massages for over 17 years. Without them, I know I would be very decrepit!
Mobility exercises are done with no or very minimal weight.
These types of exercises have you:
- Rolling your shoulders, ankles, and wrists,
- Bending and twisting in the hips and torso, and
- Moving your legs and arms in different directions.
Our clients at Strand Fitness are requesting more and more mobility work. It’s one of the best ways to “not feel so old.” Typically mobility work is combined with strength and cardio training. But clients can schedule a session devoted to mobility. Clients can also schedule individual yoga sessions, where we use gentle movements and breathing techniques to open the body, lengthen the muscles, and relieve muscle (and mental) tension.
Give me a call (630-653-8152) to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn how our mobility work can help you turn the clock back and feel less old!
Let’s get limber together!
P.S. The photos included in this blog are included for informational purposes only. Obtain clearance from your medical provider before starting any fitness or exercise program. Only exercise if it is safe for your body to do so.
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