Move Better Today!

If you are someone who works at a desk for most of the day (whether it be a sitting or standing one), behind the wheel of a car, or just being idol in general; there is a great chance that your body is suffering from a lack of mobility. To you, this may feel like stiff muscles, lack of flexibility, or just general aches and pains. The other weekend, we spent the day with Kettlebell and Mobility expert Phil McDougall and we learned some pretty awesome ways to make our bodies a little more mobile!

Phil urged us to get our clients moving more. Because many of us are stuck behind a desk for a large portion of the day, it is important to make it a point to get up and move around. Not just after work for an hour in one of our classes but during the day as well. He suggested that you can start with squatting for ten minutes per day. Now that may seem like torture if you have ever taken a Dirty Thirty class, but if you break it up into 30 second intervals throughout the day it is actually highly manageable.

Most of the day we spent actively stretching and wiggling around on and off the floor. We went through some sequences that including rolling onto all fours from a lying position and crawling like a baby. It sounds kind of silly but it actually felt great. Reducing our movement to the ground allows us to reconnect with our primal behavior and does a huge amount of good for our bodies. Give it a try!

We also worked through a series of stretches for our spine and our hips. They included turning our heads in all different directions, pelvic circles, threaded needles, regressed salamanders, and lots of other funny named stretches. A few important pieces included the incorporation of deep breathing and visual cues to assist in furthering the benefits of these stretches. Phil called this “lubricating our joints” and one of the most important was the 32 joints in our feet. For some direction on this, ask one of our coaches to show you how to give yourself some “foot love”.

As a society making rapid advancements in technology, it is important not to forget that we are still animals and that our bodies require certain stimulation that no amount of technology will ever provide. Make sure that you stay moving and also slow down and take some deep breaths!

-Coach, Katie Flor

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