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Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you should have pain

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You wake up in the morning, open your eyes and feel tightness in your low back. You sit up and the pain worsens, so you swing your legs over the bedside and reach your hands to your toes [which ends up being mid-shin] to relieve your back stiffness. Then once you stand up to walk to the bathroom, your ankles crack, your knees feel weak, and your hips are tighter than pantyhose. You think “When did I get so old?”

You might not even be old but your body seems that of someone 20 years older than you. This is because of all the things we do in society that’s bad for our body. We were never made to sit 8+ hours a day. We were never meant to be slumped over a computer screen 24/7. All of this causes our shoulders to permanently slump forward and our hips to get tight so we can’t even bend over to touch the ground. Eventually people land in a nursing home.

Now here’s some things you can do to begin to move like you used to 10 or 20 years ago.

  • Stretch every day. Seems really obvious, but trust me, it works! I’m not advising you to be like gumby or a contortionist, I’m simply saying that stretch can decrease tension and release pain. However, if you have pain in one area that might mean you need to contract it, but stretch an adjacent area. For back pain try the cobra pose.
  • Get up. Like I said, we weren’t made to sit all day, so get up! Every 30-60 mins find an excuse to get up from your desk and walk around for a few minutes. You can walk to the bathroom, go over and talk to your co-worker instead of sending an email, or simply pretend like you have somewhere to go, and go! [That last idea, might be a joke, but if it gets you up and moving your stiff body, then I’m totally cool with it.]
  • Eat nourishing foods. By eating nourishing foods you can prevent that feeling that causes you to say “I feel like I hit by a bus” when you wake up because your body is getting the nutrition to stay healthy. So eat a variety of foods (proteins, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds) to give your body all the micronutrients it needs to preform. 
  • Drink lots of water. Much like eating nourishing foods, drinking water provides lubrication to your joints and prevents some after workout muscle soreness. Without water, the food you eat cannot, as easily, get to the areas of the body that need it most.
  • Get a massage. Yes here is your excuse for a monthly massage! Massages can provide much need relief from muscle aches to headaches. While getting a massage make sure to focus on deep breathing so that you are relaxed enough to reap the benefits. After your massage make sure to drink enough water to flush out the toxins that were released from your body.

Try adding all or some of these tips into your daily routine and start feeling years younger! If you have any questions about specific stretch or nutrition please email hjteam@heroesjourney.com

Much love,
Meg