September 15, 2010
Fitness Must Include Flexibility...or so I'm learning
Yesterday was the worst. I went to my physio and was informed most of my muscles were inflexible. I was on the massage table when my massage therapist told me that it was a good thing I am stretching now because I am a mess. At that point, tears were trickling down my smooshed cheeks while my face was wedged in that little pillowy circle thing. I stretch for 30 minutes a day (on average)...why am I so injured and so screwed up? Could it be 20 years of extreme exercise without much attention to flexibility training? Nah.......
To summarize, I just want to end by underlining the importance of flexibility in any training program. What you do today will benefit you tomorrow. If you are starting to have reoccurring pain in a joint or your back, see a physiotherapist immediately to get their feedback on your alignment, range of motion, and the like. The good physios are going to send you home with a series of exercises to help correct imbalances. While it may take a chunk out of your paycheck, it is your health and if you don't have that....you have nothing!