Do you ever get out of bed and feel an ache here, a pain there, and wonder, “where did that come from?”. What about the first time you got down on the floor and noticed it wasn’t so easy to get back up?
Our modern lifestyle revolves around too much sitting, too much stress, and too little movement. This is especially true with everyone spending more time at home. Whatever your age, if you’re feeling the effects of inactivity, age, and stress, you’re not alone. The good news? You can do something about it.
Liz Grantham, founder of TheOptimal.me, managed to turn her life around with the one thing she thought she didn’t need.
“Like most of us, I carry a relatively intense daily load: relentless, tight deadlines and demands, endless requests for help, and trying to be a conscious single parent, sister, and friend. Around six years ago, my stress levels were rocketing, and my body was in a terrible place. A significant part of the solution was making regular exercise a priority.”
“Of course I made every excuse in the book as to why it wasn’t an option, but my excuses didn’t cut it. If I didn’t get moving I was at serious risk of adrenal fatigue and would be popping Ibuprofen for the rest of my life,” Grantham explains. “That scared me, so I started reaching out to see if I could find an exercise option that would finally work for me in the long term.”
Through her research, Liz was introduced to functional movement and was intrigued. As a believer in functional medicine, it sounded like a potential solution. “Especially since the science behind it was so simple.”
For centuries, humans have had to adapt to the environment. We had to walk, run, climb, and fight to survive. Today’s modern environments are for convenience at the expense of movement. We often find ourselves sitting for hours on end, behind our desks, in our cars, and on our couches. All this sitting is a real problem.
However, no matter how much our lifestyles have changed over the centuries, one thing remains the same: Our bodies are designed to move.
You may be thinking, I lift weights and walk my dog every day — isn’t that good enough?
While exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, many exercises we do work our body parts in isolation. These exercises are not a coordinated, controlled integrated whole body workout. Therefore they lack the full spectrum of functional, everyday movements that ultimately keep us moving without limitation. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what a fellow PRIME reader has to say:
“We have a motorcycle, and we took a ride the other day. I was able to swing my leg up and over that motorcycle to get on the seat. I said to my husband, “Wow, that is easy.” I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that this is helping me.” Lisa S
Remember, our bodies consist of 600+ muscles and approximately 206 bones. Each muscle and bone has a job to do, are connected, and none can function in isolation. To preserve balance, stability, strength, and flexibility you have to go back to basics.
Integrated functional Movement Routines (IMRs) is the name for functional movement patterns that mimic movements in real life. By practicing these patterns, you’ll relearn how the puzzle pieces in your body (joints, tendons, muscles) all fit together. They will help build strength, stability, flexibility, and balance to boot.
Within days, moving your body will feel a lot easier, your energy levels will improve, and you’ll likely have fewer aches and pains.
You will stand taller, lose the fear of pulling a muscle, and garden with greater pleasure. Ultimately, the goal is to grow older, living a life based on your aspirations. Your physicality should not limit you.
Sign up for TheOptimal.me FREE 21-day Integrated Functional Movement course
Considering that many of us are getting back to basics in so many areas of our lives – eating less-processed foods and finding natural remedies to heal us, isn’t it time we return to the basics of movement? TheOptimal.me offers an extensive collection of at-home Integrated (Functional) Movement Routines (IMRs), graded by fitness level and time. Every routine works your whole body to stretch and strengthen muscles, improve joint durability, and re-align your body. In no time at all, you’ll feel a noticeable difference in the way you move and feel.
PRIME readers, we invite you to take advantage of our 30 Day Free Trial starting with the FREE 21 Day Course: First Steps to Physical Freedom. Go to TheOptimal.me and sign up to begin your journey to moving better feeling better today.
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