When will I be better? This is a question I think we have all asked at some point, particularly when beginning (or continuing with) an exercise program. For me, breaking that question down became a useful motivational tool. Ponder some of these ideas:
- Where you are at now is the sum of how you've moved your whole life up until now. You are how you move.
- That being the case, how much am I willing to pay attention to my habits?
- How frequently am I doing the exercises (remember, it's about all those accumulated stressors of limited movement and held tension during the day that add up - calf stretch every waking hour for one day and tell me you didn't feel even a tiny bit freer in your body, and a bit more tuned in too)
- Are you tuning into your gait pattern (how you walk)? How frequently do you find yourself tuning in to the simple act of getting from place to place and then responding in some way when you notice something could be more effective?
- How much time do you spend doing counter-productive activities? This is the big one and committing to a life of more productive movement is where really lasting change can start to happen. It is also something you can start changing straight away (idea, put your 1/2 dome in your bathroom, calf and soleus stretch when you brush your teeth every day, that's twice a day already - and gold stars to those of you already doing that!)
As a species we weren't really designed to love change. Our habits feel comfy, but they can also cause friction in our body which leads to illness and pain. We all have to push ourselves to do things, but what once seemed like an effort soon becomes the thing you look forward to the most (well, maybe not the vacuuming - but a glorious walk with lots of other exercises thrown in - Yes please! If you don't feel sure, read the blog below this one, and come for a walk on 13 May).
The more often you can utilise these movements in your daily life, the quicker you will see change. Pelvic list is the perfect example. You can do it so often during the day along with other tasks, like standing in line at the supermarket, washing dishes, cleaning the white board, working at your standing desk. Did you notice that one foot was wobblier than the other? That's a win - you noticed! Because that wobbliness is translating into how you walk. Keep listing, keep calf and soleus and top of foot stretching - you will get stronger. (Did you love measuring your stance this week? Click here to read more.)
Some Alignment Snacks that I'd recommend as great places to start this term are:
You can click on the box above to find them. They are $5 US - that you can download instantly. They are then yours to keep and rewatch whenever you like. (They feature Katy Bowman herself!)