Hey everyone, Coach Sean here from Orca Empire! Today I’m going to help you all learn how to listen to your body to become a true Supple Leopard (Credit to Dr. Kelly Starrett). Before I continue, let’s make it clear that it is NEVER too late to regain your ability to move. How about this; think back to when you were young; swinging on the monkey bars, somersaulting until you nearly threw up, and being as flexible as an elastic band. Naturally, our younger bodies don’t have the stress or ‘wear and tear’ that we accumulate from aging. In my coaching, one of the villains fighting our ability to move is due to sitting. Between long commutes to and from work, sitting at a desk, and melting into the couch leave us vulnerable to lose our ability to function smoothly. Over time, we begin to develop tight hips, shoulders, neck, and back. This isn’t to scare you, but rather make you aware so you can take control of your body! Between poor lifestyle habits or activities, dealing with nagging injuries, or training so hard your body begins to wear down, we usually develop reoccurring aches and pains from head to toe (at some point or another). Now, I know what you may be thinking… “There’s no way I have enough time to get back into shape”, or “It will just go away eventually.” Sure, we all can find some excuse, but I guarantee that you are able to find at least 30 minutes a day to enhance yourself as a human. It is a small time commitment within a 24 hour span that will add amazing benefits to your health.
Don’t make EXCUSES, make CHANGES!
Mobility is defined as the ability to move your limbs with control, through a range of motion. Producing this motion requires concentration, strength, and flexibility. Developing your flexibility and mobility is a recipe for success to avoid injury as well as maximize the ability to live a healthy lifestyle. As stated above, our repetitive daily actives or sports could be a culprit as to why we have trouble moving as well as we are designed to. Here’s an example for you; a basketball player who only wears high top sneakers will think they are protecting themselves from having a rolled or sprained ankle. Well, in one aspect they are correct, but they also have a downside. Since their ankles are always stabilized by the shoe, they will eventually lose the mobility in their ankle. Some results of this can be; lack of force production during a jump, inhibiting depth while squatting, and a dangerous precursor to injure other areas of the body. Imagine your body like a skyscraper… you need strong and stable construction in order to stay intact. If your foundation is weak, slowly each floor above that will fall further and further out of place. In this case, our ankles are our foundation. If they are weak or immobile, we leave our knees, hips, spine, and shoulders vulnerable to take on extra stress, causing potential tissue and joint damage. For that basketball player, the trigger area was their ankles, yet they could have tightness in their hips and think that is where the issue lies. Before reading on, be sure to check in with a physical therapist, chiropractor, or your physician if you experience reoccurring pain, tightness, numbness, or any other “abnormal” sensations before engaging in extensive physical activity. If, however, you have been feeling healthy enough to start today, then you are in luck!
Become the best YOU that YOU can be, today!
For all of you lucky readers, I put together a 10 minute video that I use myself to help solve these problems. Let’s clear, regaining mobility and flexibility to your joints will not cure a chronic injury; however it will absolutely help you feel and function better on a day to day basis. Training mobility and flexibility aren’t the same as just doing some arm or leg stretches, so some movements will require some practice to execute. Since it requires NO EQUIPMENT besides your body, it can be done virtually anywhere! Just like with resistance training, your body needs time to recover when it comes to developing mobility, so be sure to take rest accordingly. These exercises can be used right when you wake up, before you go to sleep, after a long day’s work, as a warm up to your training, or any place else it fits into your routine. Rejuvenation and reclaiming the movement of our younger selves are two of the many rewards from a mobility program. I guarantee many of us have an obstacle in our lives we can’t seem to overcome from our in-ability to move freely, so I encourage you to take this step-by-step video and follow along! If you are unable to get into position for any of the movements, don’t become frustrated! Instead, use those emotions and make that a goal for yourself! ~If you are interested in watching the video, just copy or click the link below!~
Link to the Video!! https://youtu.be/axUGdjfThw8