I have something I need to get off my chest….I’m frustrated!
I’m upset every time I see a TV ad, hear a commercial or come across any advertisement trying to convince you that what you NEED to do about your pain is take a pill, use a cream or numb yourself in one way or the other.
It’s a lie you see…
When you chase symptoms and numb your pain (like these ads suggest) you don’t get to the ROOT of your problem and it only gets worse over time.
Here’s an analogy to illustrate my point…
It’s like coming home to a flooded kitchen and then realizing you left the faucet on and the sink is overflowing. BUT….instead of turning the faucet off you begin mopping up the floor hoping to fix the problem. You and I both know that this strategy isn’t going to solve your flooded kitchen dilemma.
The issue of solving pain isn’t as clear to see as the overflowing kitchen sink example, because we have been conditioned that pain pills ARE the answer to our pain problem.
However, like I mentioned earlier, pain pills don’t actually address the reason why the pain occurred in the first place. If we get to the ROOT of the pain we can solve the dilemma.Plus…those pain pills have nasty side effects! If you continue on this path it’s very likely that a surgery is in your future…trust me…I see this a lot as a physical therapist.
But I’m here to help…
So, what I want to do today is a little experiment. I want to show you how movement can be the solution to your pain.
But not just any movement…we’re going to be doing QUALITY movement in SPECIFIC and INTENTIONAL directions in order to offset the poor positions you’ve been living in.
Yes…your sustained positions (sitting, driving, texting, slouching, etc..) AND sedentary life you’ve been living ARE contributing to your pain and less than optimal health!
You are meant to move and you’ll feel better for it…I promise!
Plus…movement is free and it comes with the side effects of feeling better, looking better and performing better in life!
Sound like a plan? Ok cool…but first things first…
I want you to write down on a scale of 1 to 10 how good you feel right now…just generally speaking…
Here are some examples…
- 1= I feel terrible, I hurt and life is miserable
- 5= I feel so, so…I have little twinge of pain here and there but I can manage
- 10= I feel amazing, I have no pain, I’m freaking unstoppable!
Make sense? Ok great!
Now watch this video below and do this routine with me.
WELL…how did that feel?
Go back and write down on a scale of 1 to 10 how you feel RIGHT NOW.
Did you notice improvements? I’d be super grateful if you could share your results in the comments section below:)
I’m asking you to do this so that you can create some awareness around what’s really working for you.
For even better results try doing this routine 3-5 times a day for the next week and then come back and tell me how you feel on a scale of 1-10.
We call these short routines workspace workouts…and if you sit a lot we HIGHLY suggest you GET UP every 30-45 and do these routines in order to offset the negative effects of sitting. You’re body will than you for it!
Also, if you liked this routine then you’ll definitely want to check out our Sitting Solution Program where we’ve created 5 different programs that you can do throughout the day.
You can learn more about The Sitting Solution program HERE?
You can get resistance bands HERE if you don’t have one. These bands are a must have for anyone who sits at a desk all day! There are SO many things you can do with them and you can take them anywhere.
Until next time…move well and move often my friends!