Day 1 of 12 in DIAKADI’s The 12 Days of Fitness
According to a Consumer Reports Survey of ‘The Top 10 Stressful Things About the Holidays’, the stress of (1) crowds, (2) gaining weight, (3) going into debt while gift shopping, and (4) having to see ‘certain’ relatives is down right ruining our holidays!
Now shouldn’t this time of year be all about fun times with friends and family? (That is, the members of your family that you enjoy spending time with.) We should be focusing on closing out and looking back on the year gone by, reminiscing about the good times and successes and looking forward to new adventures and growth in the year to come. The holidays should and can still be this for all of us. How, you ask? I have 2 simple pieces of advice for you as you head into the holiday season: 1- You Gotta Plan, 2- Look Out for #1 (aka You!).
Are your clients’ hamstrings really tight or are they actually fully stretched, weak and taut due to an excessive anterior pelvic tilt? Is your clients nagging low back pain actually SI joint pain caused by a pelvic misalignment?
“You need to get out of your comfort zone.”
How often do you hear that as the rationale for doing something different? Have you stopped and wondered what your comfort zone is exactly? Let’s take a moment to define it.
According to wikipedia, the comfort zone is defined as a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.
So basically, it’s going about your regular day doing things that don’t freak you out. It also means you are doing things that aren’t helping you grow because it’s routine.
But is your comfort zone really this black and white? Are you either in or out?
In reality, rather than 2 discrete states, it’s actually a range where the starting point is the outer edge of your current comfort zone and the next point is a place that makes you slightly uncomfortable and the point after that, even more uncomfortable.
People are often confused about when to perform their abdominal exercises during their workouts. In this video, Billy Polson, owner/founder of DIAKADI Fitness Performance Life in San Francisco, explains the safest and most efficient methods for incorporating your abs into your current workout program.
Now that I have a toddler (wait, how did that happen?!), I’m now heading toward full-on “I DON’T WANNA!” land. My kiddo is a pretty easygoing guy, but there are definitely times where he has no interest in getting into (or out of!) the tub, having a diaper change, stopping playing with trucks to have dinner, etc. There are various tactics to address these moments: “I hear that you don’t want to do this, and this is why we have to do it anyway…” or “Do you want to bring a truck up with you to eat dinner?” or simply picking up my tiny screaming boy and moving ahead despite his desire to do something else.
Calling all deskworkers, musicians, artists, massage therapists… really anyone that sustains a forward leaning posture for any length of time – this stretch is for you! I know I need it, and am actually doing this stretch between sentences. (I added that picture of me up there to the right so you can get a nice visual.) It’s surprising how effective this stretch is, even though it looks so minimal.
I love this topic and thought I’d blog about it this week for those of you who may be wondering. . .so if you want to experience more from core and spring work and less lower back pain (and who doesn’t?!). . . . . . read on:
Neutral Spine is the form that we at Burn believe is healthiest. I like to think of Neutral Spine as protecting the integrity of your spinal health, as well as respecting and maintaining the way the spine is naturally structured.