BREATHING - THE SECRET TO PAIN FREE STRENGTH TRAINING

Do you believe your body is only capable of low-level activities such as restorative yoga and Pilates?  Has a medical professional scared you out of ever lifting weights?  Have you tried lifting weights by yourself or with a trainer but ended up hurt and feeling miserable?  If so, let me share a secret with you.  Did you know people breathe over 20,000 times a day?  Any movement performed that many times will have an effect on the rest of the body and its ability to move and perform well.

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TAKE A BREATH: YOU DESERVE IT

Are you a worrier? Are you constantly stressed?  Women tend to be worriers. They worry about everything and everyone before taking care of themselves. If there was an imaginary cup that would dictate how much stress women can handle, many of them are definitely letting their cups overflow, taking in more than they can handle.  When is the time for women to do something that makes them happier and healthier?  Do they have to wait for the rare vacation, the random spa days or the occasional girls’ night out?

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IS IT EVER TO LATE TO START MOVING BETTER?

With a society that sits all day, works too long and doesn’t stay active, we have seen a huge decline in people’s quality of life.  At our gym, we see many people in their 50s and 60s who come in their first day with a belief they’re “getting old.” They believe their movement quality has no choice but to decline and never get better. With our technology-filled world, we’re even seeing people in their 20s who think feeling stiff and restricted are a few things they’ll have to deal with for the rest of their lives.

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IS IT EVER TO LATE TO START MOVING BETTER?

Here are three ways you can help your body move better and prevent your quality of life from going down the drain.


1. Walk like a human

As humans, walking is essential. We’re meant to do it a lot. Before cars, grocery stores and online shopping, we did a lot of walking. When was the last time you walked outside and enjoyed nature and all the benefits of the sun? Try taking 10- to 30-minute walks each day, and you body will thank you. Go without your phone, with your arms swinging by your side and your eyes looking at the world around you. A good goal to strive for is 10,000 steps a day.


2. Move around like a kid

Do you have kids or grandkids? Chase them around the playground and mimic what they do. They’re the best movers you’ll ever see! Entire movement and posture courses in the fitness industry are created based on movement patterns studied in young kids and toddlers. Crawl on the ground, roll from your back to your side, kneel with one knee down and have fun doing it.

3. Find a personal trainer who coaches breathing

Did you know breathing was the first movement you did as a baby? As we said earlier, youngsters know how to move way better than any adult. It’s the life society takes them through that changes them. If you’re interested in changing the way you move, find a trainer who can retrain your breathing pattern. You breathe over 20,000 times a day, so any movement performed that many times will have a huge impact on your ability to freely move without restrictions and compensations.

LUCY HENDRICKS

Lucy Hendricks is co-owner of Enhancing Life and Teacher at The Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training Program. She is a personal trainer that takes a holistic approach to health and fitness. She looks at all factors that impact her client’s results in the gym: stress, nutrition, breathing, routine, sleep, and more. By considering the whole picture, her clients can expect to achieve sustainable results and avoid plateaus or over-training.

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With a society that sits all day, works too long and doesn’t stay active, we have seen a huge decline in people’s quality of life.


At our gym, we see many people in their 50s and 60s who come in their first day with a belief they’re “getting old.” They believe their movement quality has no choice but to decline and never get better. With our technology-filled world, we’re even seeing people in their 20s who think feeling stiff and restricted are a few things they’ll have to deal with for the rest of their lives.


Not being able to get down on the ground, keep up with your kids and grandkids or balance on one leg are all issues that are extremely common but not normal. The saying “If you don’t use it, you lose it” holds a lot of truth when it comes to people being able to freely move around without restrictions or limitations.


Is it possible to change the path you’re on? Is it ever too late to start moving better?


The human body is amazing. It can learn and adapt to new ways, so the answer to those questions is yes, you CAN change the way you feel and move in your body. You don’t have to accept the fact that everyone else your age moves like they’re in their 80s.