The spine is where all our movement originates
It’s mid-Novembrer 2020 and, just like everyone else, it’s really hitting me right about now that we’re not going to get out of this pandemic anytime in the near future. Sure, I knew that. I’m a public health and medical nerd and I got laughed at when I said we’d be at 250K deaths in the US by the fall. I so wish I’d been wrong.
But still. There’s knowing and then there’s KNOWING.
So, being a fairly practical-minded person at heart, I thought about what to do.
Be flexible, adapt and use this time to make changes for the better.
And in that sense, this week has been really amazing. I just started a beginner series and the first week has been an absolute delight – I love nothing more than (re)sparking the joy of movement in my fellow humans!
In that series, I am focusing on conveying some of the basics of good movement without – hopefully – getting all TOO nerdy.
So this week, we focused on two principles: spinal articulation and axial elongation.
Quite a mouthful! Luckily, I have a blog post from 2018 up that gives you an overview of the principles of movement.
(Posts on the individual principles to come soon.)
Why am I telling you all about the spine while I’m musing about what to do with this crazy year?
Because it occurs to me we can apply good old Joseph Pilates’ words about the spine to our lives right now.
What if we replaced the notion of the spine with … our brain? Our psyche? Our behavior? Our attitude? Doesn’t that make perfect sense? Don’t we talk about old people getting stuck in a rut and not adapting to the times?
Maybe those words can help us not only keep our bodies happy FOR life, but also be an inspiration on how to live our lives, especially when the going gets tough:
Be flexible, adapt, and never stop moving.
You’ve got this.
Do you ever find yourself wondering “Why am I so lazy?”
You’re not alone. I can’t tell you how often I hear people say this! And you know what?
NONE of these people are lazy! At all! They’re holding down (sometimes multiple) jobs, going to school on the side, taking care of their families, their communities … they are all AMAZING women and men!
But they do share one trait: They put their OWN wellbeing dead last on the list.
And I know that feeling all too well. But I’m also here to tell you that this is one time where you need to go against your instincts.
You know how on airplanes, they tell you to put your air mask on first before helping the person next to you? Life works the same way. You can’t help others if you don’t take care of yourself. But it’s hard to make that commitment because as a hardworking, responsible, social-minded person, you are hardwired to put others’ needs first.
Here’s how to get out of your rut:
- Find something you really enjoy – stop thinking about what you SHOULD do, and think about what you WANT to do instead. Because let’s face it, if your workout makes you miserable, you are NOT going to stick to it. Try a few options if you’re not sure – and with things like Yoga and Pilates, if you don’t like one class, try a different one to find your “Goldilocks workout”!
- Enlist a workout buddy – Enlist a friend, your partner, a family member or sign up for private sessions, personal training or a small-group class to find someone to hold you accountable. You’ll find it much easier to stick to your goals if you know someone is waiting for you!
- Remove obstacles – If your favorite workout is clear across town, chances are, you won’t make it there often. Try virtual sessions for extra convenience or pick something close to you.
- Make it a habit – Make it a predictable part of your schedule at least 3 times a week (ideally 5-6x week) to build a lifelong habit.
- Schedule it – no excuses! – Treat your workout like the most important business meeting in the world! Block off that time and treat it as your inviolable “me time”!
Now stop reading and go do it – you won’t get in shape by thinking about moving!
If Snoopy can do it, so can you – how about a Pilates class?
Ready to Make a Change?
I am ready to help you level up your health!