May 22, 2019
Benefit of Senior Fitness Programs
Written by: Femi Doyle-Marshall
What’s the value of your body?
Playing football and getting injured in the past has allowed me to look deeper at movement and mobility. It further added a layer to my coaching and training practices.
Often times when we take a look at ourselves we can notice what’s going on inside.
Awareness is the name of the game.
The more aware you are nutritionally you make better choices for food. The more mentally aware the more present and mindful you tend to be. The more aware physically you are usually leads to being more active or searching for solutions to your common problems.
For the body working with members I often mention to think…
“Am I tight?
Does my low back feel tension? Is it starting from my neck or a combination of body parts?
What habits do I have now that produces more pain for these areas?
Can I reduce or modify them?”
Your awareness can assist in finding solutions.
For tightness, massage has the power to alleviate muscle tension. Muscle soreness may be connected to tightness as well.
Injury to the body is a direct shock. Many times this direct impact can cause pain and tension later down the road. A jolt from a car accident can leave you with tight upper back muscles, chronic hip pain and other joint based issues. It does not have to be severe. A twisted ankle or displaced shoulder can cause similar issues. Shifts in alignment of your body can translate to the next cause of tension in the body.
Poor Movement Patterns
How you lift, pull or push objects can add stress to to joints and muscle. Walking can do the same. By observing how you move through space you can prepare yourself to do so effectively and efficiently. Mainly to reduce the potential stress.
Sitting or Sleeping Habits
How you sit on a day to day basis can create tension. Seated in a slouched rounded posture places weight on your neck, upper back and spine. This tension can lead to other not so fun things for the body later down the line. Sleeping the same. Small adjustments to posture can help reduce tension. Tweaks in how you sleep will also have the same effect.
Weightlifing or Strength Training
The body while exercising places risk under the joints and muscle tissue. As you begin to get stronger you will develop the need to lift heavier. This can also add more tension to the muscles needing better methods to treat tight or sore muscles. Just for clarity I would state weightlifiting is good for the body. Muscle soreness usually is a part of the process.
Being aware of your body in these states is the first step to solving any tension problems. The next step is treatment. Foam rolling and trigger point work has the ability to correct many of these issues as long as it is tissue based.
One that has proven useful time and time again to our members is MobilityPAK. I’m sure if you have tightness you will find the same value if not more.
For solutions analyse the body. The rest will follow.
And that’s it for today. Be sure to post any questions you may have about on THEX FORUM many members have found that page quite useful. Otherwise have questions or concerns? Feel free to leave them below along with any comments, thoughts and feedback. If you are looking to get a better understanding of this article I will be sure to post a response.