Today I want to give you some ideas of how to exercise when you’re stressed. We know that exercise can be stress-reducing, but it can also contribute to stress, spiraling the issue. I think a lot of people also avoid moving altogether when they’re stressed because they think they need to have an intense session or why bother.
However, I’m a firm believer that the better you are at dipping and diving through the obstacles of your life instead of staying rigid, the better your life will be. And, dare I say, the better your health will be. Inevitably, we’re going to go through stressful times. It’s about recognizing when you’re in one and adapting accordingly.
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COVID-19 has caused us to hit the pause button on life, and it has become important to create a new idea of “normal.” This standstill has slowed down a once never-ending flow of activities and has dramatically shifted routines. It's essential to take care of your body in safe ways at this time.
The majority of daily activities are performed forward and backward (sagittal plane) without moving your joints in each direction they were designed to move. These repetitive movement patterns can cause overuse injuries, compensation, muscle imbalances, and even structural changes (ex. poor posture can develop from constantly being hunched over). Smart and intentional movement is crucial during this time.
The most powerful tool I recommend to my clients is “Motion is Lotion.” However, not all motion is created equal. Check out my 10-minute mobility video that will guide you through safe movement.