Where does that leave you? not feeling very good and decide to take pain meds to just “Deal” with the discomfort. Well, I hate to rain on your parade but it will catch up to you. I’ve seen it time and time again.
Especially as the years go by every time we’ve just ignored the pain and signals our body gives us leads to changing the way we exercising.
I sure wouldn’t want to change my routine as the years pass on. Jonah is growing up fast and is getting more and more active everyday. I need to stay agile and active to keep up with him.
He gets a big kick out of watching me work out and says “Don’t stop keep going.” He even get’s down and does plank holds and ab lifts with everyone in the studio.
More reason to stay active and lead by example. He watches my every move and setting a healthy example of eating clean and moving every day is key to developing his healthy lifestyle.
What I want to point out is whether you choose to do HIIT training, kickboxing, Crossfit or any other fitness workout, stay agile and incorporate movements that will help with flexibility and the strengthening of the deep intricate muscles in our body, especially the core.
By addressing these small intricate muscles not ever mentioned your body will flow and move with ease. Certainly I’m not saying to stop everything you are doing and only do Pilates, merely to add movements just like the one in the video below.
Check out the Pilates Ab workout below that my friend Justin helped me out with, it’ll challenge the abs and flexibility.
In the video above the movement asks that you extend your leg straight up and keep it as straight as possible, this can be a struggle with tight hip flexors and hamstrings so keep the following points in mind:
* Do not strain the neck or pull your head forward, keep your head between your shoulders and in line to the spine.
* If you can not keep your leg straight bend slightly at the knee, hands are placed either behind the thigh or calves. Do not pull on the back of the knee.
* Keep your pelvis and hips as still as possible by pulling your belly button in towards the floor, this can be a bit tricky.
Many are accustomed to moving their bodies around without control, looking like a fish out of water. Pay careful attention to your exercise and what your are doing. Maintain mindful control of every movement with these Pilates exercises.
The Hamstring pull in the video above is one of the many you can begin to incorporate into your daily routine.
Being in a miserable mood when your not feeling 100% or injured yourself because you pushed your body to the point where you know deep down it’ll cause injury can certainly get you down.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about pushing yourself to the limit and giving it your all but be good to your body, love it up and take care of it. We only have one body, take care of it!