OH. . .STRETCH IT OUT!

I am the poster child for the Anterior Pelvic Tilt.  That's when your pelvic area is pushed forward, your belly sticks out and your butt seems to live on another planet behind you. It is also referred to as the lower crossed syndrome.  

My bad posture starts with a mild case of scoliosis and because I am a runner, cycle instructor/cyclist my quadriceps are overworked, hamstrings are underworked and my hip flexors are always tight. So, flexibility training is extremely important for my body. Call me vain, but I do not want to walk around with my butt sticking out and my shoulders thrown forward with a hunch back.  That is exactly how I feel when I do not workout or when my muscles are tight and my lower back is in pain.  So, everyday I include some type of stretching routine and the foam roller is my "BEST-EST" friend in the whole wide world.

Many of our injuries, aches and pains come from repetitive movement that we may or may not be aware of in our daily lives.  If you are at a computer all day, "sitting" in an office and working out is the last thing on your mind,  you could later experience tightness in your hands, forearms, shoulders, as well as, your lower back.  If your job is very physical, your body is probably experiencing repetitive stress in certain areas.  For example, painting, lifting or moving large objects will put stress on your lower back, hamstrings and shoulders, just to name a few. 

I know that working out is not for everyone but it is necessary in order to prevent injuries and keep your body balanced.  

If you are sitting in an office for most of the day, move away from the computer every 30 minutes and walk.  Walk to the water fountain, copy machine or deliver a report.  This will keep the body in motion and immediately improve your overall health.  When you return to your desk, before sitting down at the computer, roll your wrists, take off your shoes (just for a minute) and lift your arms above your head, stretch your legs, arms and abdominals.  It not only stretches the body, it re-energizes you.  If you can do that 3-5 times a day, you will prevent injuries and unnecessary doctor visits.  Too embarrassed to do it in the office, go to the bathroom and do it! 

As a fitness professional, I teach a lot of different classes and train clients throughout the day.  I would have to say that 75% of the classes I teach, I have to do the workout with my group.  So, my body is put through a vigorous workout twice a day 4-5 times a week.  At the end of the day, I feel like a little old troll.  If I don't stretch, my lower back, legs and shoulders will pay for it the next day.

Taking care of our bodies is not hard.  We just get lazy and our overall health pays for it later. You do not have to run a marathon or climb Mount Everest to keep your body in top shape but doing something 20-30 minutes a day will make a huge impact in your life.  We have to take care of our bodies so we can continue to do the jobs that we love or "have" to do.  

Now I have to move away from this computer and get moving and grooving.  You do the same and if you need help in that area. . .you know how to contact!

 
 

Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.