I’m going to get right to the point with this one. Every time I go out of town for some sort of vacation I get lazy. Sure I get some much needed rest but I move way too little during these times and often feel worse, eat worse and then make more excuses as to why I should continue to be lazy. I’ve done this many times over the years. HERE is a post from ’12 on the same topic. While away for Christmas this year I decided to be better prepared and actually take some action. Below is a video of me doing some mobility/flexibility in my sister’s living room during halftime of the Patriots v. Jets game. It took about 8 minutes of time investment but in less time than that began to rejuvenate my body and boost my energy level. Doing a little more the next day had my body feeling good when I got back to work a couple of days later instead of stiff, slow and achy.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to move every day and by that I mean move your joints through some full ranges of motion. This isn’t always easy to get the ball rolling. I’ve struggled with it at times now for years. But again, without at least that I believe you are doomed for a life of continuously less and less action, and more and more inactivity. This inactivity in turn creates a mindset of “I can’t” or “I’ll do that tomorrow” which rarely works. With some trial and error, find something that works for you and create the habit. I know that outside of the gym something similar to the above is perfect for me. It’s very simple and very effective.
– Mike Baltren