What would happen if we scheduled our lives around our own self-care? I believe that we would have a world of humans who feel great mentally and physically, show up better for their jobs, their families, their communities, and have less pain and stress. I think we would completely change the world as we know it. Well, the world has already shifted, so what do we have to lose? Start today.
Let’s get better prepared to handle and thrive in this crazy world we are living in! Strong posture means less pain. A bulletproof core prevents injury, fixes low back pain, and ensures we can quickly react to BS. Grip strength means stronger chin-ups, deadlifts, and the ability to pull ourselves up when we are down. This workout is simple, effective, and will take minimal time. Remember to complete a dynamic warmup prior to doing this one to mobilize the joints and to prepare your mind and body for training.
We are a culture of more. We often here that we should be working out more, doing more, achieving more, and that more is better. However, particularly in times of high life stress, the last thing we need is to be doing more. With training in particular, our bodies do not know how to differentiate between a stressful life event and a stressful workout. So, imagine life stress is super high, and you decide to do 6 high intensity workouts a week because more is better, right? Nope. This person will experience exhaustion, burnout, and perhaps injury with this schedule.
Honor your personal situation. Take a life stressor inventory. If stress is high, try backing off for a few weeks, and focus on slowing down. Before too long, you’ll have your energy back to hit those heavy deadlifts, sled pushes, or whatever intense thing you enjoy. Do the most courageous thing yet: do less to take care do yourselves more.