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Exercise Smarter from a Certified Rolfer™


Who in the world doesn’t take pride in working hard and reaching their personal goals? It is human nature to enjoy the accolades that come with seeing results. These days however, it is almost as though just reaching goals is not enough. We want fast results. There are several reasons why “fast” is not necessarily the appropriate speed to obtain your goals. Racing toward results could actually hinder rather than help. Ask yourself. Is what I'm doing sustainable?

How many times have we all heard the same story? Someone makes a commitment to get in shape. They buy their gym membership and any related gear. They head to the gym one, two, or several more times. They have dreams of a perfect body and want it after the first few trips.

The reality of the matter is they fail to properly prepare for the exercise program, they over do it the first few trips, they end up being sore for days or self inflicting an injury causing even longer delays. The goal of beginning an exercise program and getting into shape is often never realized because those that have set the goal are trying to rush the process, exercising harder and not smarter.


How To Exercise Smarter

So what does exercising smarter entail? That is a simple answer, take it easy and take it slow. If you have not been exercising your body, it is capable of doing only a little bit of exercise before it becomes strained and sore. Even if you have been exercising for some time, you should not increase the intensity of your workout drastically because you risk the same soreness and potential injury. Rushing yourself will most likely result in injury and keep you from slow steady progress that will lead to you reaching your goals.


Exercise for Life

The smartest exercise strategy is slow, gradual and long-term, depending upon your age and current fitness level. It might be wiser to begin with a simple movement program like walking or short hikes, gradually increasing your pace and length over time. An exercise program should not be something you tackle for a few weeks or months. It should be a lifelong healthy habit.

The same slow, gradual approach should be used regardless of the type of exercise you are performing. It's important to pick the activity(s) you would like to try. If you are weight training, swimming, running, attending martial arts, pilates, yoga or dance classes, it is wise to take it very slow at first. Your body is always giving you feedback, take a moment to listen to it because less really is more in the long run. If you are consistent you will begin to notice amazing results like increased energy levels, restored mobility and flexibility, a healthy glow, and a more restful sleep.


Rolfing® Structural Integration - An Even Smarter Decision

Rolfing® SI is a great complement to any exercise or movement program. As you exercise and increase your strength and fitness levels you may suffer minor injuries that go unnoticed or show up as slight discomfort which go away quickly. Rolfing SI sessions can aid in balancing your body, preventing potential injuries or assist in the healing process through increased joint mobility, flexibility and range of motion. Most injuries that occur are the result of restricted connective tissue, compensations in the structure, repetitive strain, and lack of flexibility. Rolfing SI helps restore your posture and alignment, maintain movement and joint flexibility in your body allowing it to handle the physical demands of regular exercise. Rolfing SI can be an integral part to your exercise routine helping you feel more comfortable in your body. Consider the Rolfing Ten Series while you begin your routine.

Don’t wait until you have an injury to schedule a Rolfing session. You can contact me to schedule a phone consultation and see if it's a good fit to work together. Be well and I look forward to hearing from you.

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