Sporty Mom SARA says: I've always been a huge believer in good posture and proper
alignment. When combined, the body can function stronger and
more efficiently -- it's like getting all the cylinders of a car firing at
the same time. But since having a baby over a year
ago (yikes, time sure flies!), I haven't been that great about
stretching. To be honest, I've been horrible! As a result, I often
experience upper back tightness and discomfort. So this week I am committing to not only being more cognizant of my posture (or lack thereof), but actually doing some light stretching at the end of each day in
hopes of being able to fire on all cylinders. Below are some sites that have
been incredibly helpful in getting me back on track.
The Egoscue Method has been part of my repertoire for over
15 years. Not only am I a practitioner, but I am normally (with the
exception of this year) a committed devotee to the exercises. The
"method" is based on simple, gentle stretching and strengthening
exercises that not only realign the body but also rid the body of pain.
Doing the exercises daily has kept me pain and injury free for my
whole adult life. It truly is a miraculous method that works for people experiencing pain as well as those who aren't in pain yet, but would
like to stay healthy.
I have also been referring to this sports medicine website for a quick review of the best stretches for runners. These
are very typical "runners' stretches," and have been around for a long
time, but they are really great when you don't have a lot of
time and want to hit the major muscle groups.
I can't do without my favorite foam roller exercises.
If you have yet to try foam rolling, I highly recommend it. Truthfully,
it hurts a little, depending on how tight your muscles are -- but it is a
wonderful way to save a buck or two on massage and still reap the
amazing benefits. The foam roller is a great tool to keep around your house if you are active -- it will definitely have you feeling like jelly after a good roll!
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