As you age, does your body feel more sore in the winter?
Do you think your discomfort could be related to a lifetime's worth of your body compensating for old injuries and poor posture? Yes? Then I can help you. In this blog post I'll talk about how old injuries are compensated for and therefore hidden from our day to day awareness yet slowly building up bigger problems for the future health. Plus a couple of ways to test the 'state' of your body right now.
What condition is your body in?
Do you wake up with joint stiffness or soreness?
How flexible are your hips, knees and ankles?
Can you rest in a squat position like a toddler with your heels on the ground?
How supple are your neck and back and shoulders? Have they stiffened up over the years?
Do you have a history of old injuries including falls, sprains, road incidents, sporting incidents etc?
Do you have a lot of sugar in your diet?
Do you eat enough protein? (Most adults need approximately 1g per kg of body weight per day, more if you're exercising.)
Do you mouth breathe?
Have you previously broken a bone from a fall?
Each of these factors have an impact on the overall condition of our body. When you've made the decision to improve your health and the aches and pains you're going through it can be overwhelming when there's lots of things to make changes to. I recommend taking small easy steps, chose an area of health or life where you know making a change for the better will be easy and track your progress. Making a record of body measurements, weight blood pressure etc has been shown to be the best way to keep us on-track with our goals.
A history of old injuries and/or long periods of time sitting.
When the temperature plummets and the snow from previous days compacts into ice, any of us can take a heavy fall. So apart from wearing good grippy shoes or snow grips, using walking poles what else can you do to reduce the risk of falling and minimise the damage if you do fall?
Work on your body's condition and resilience.
3 Things to Start Improving Your Body Condition & Resilience.
The 10 Minute Squat Test - Kelly Starrett.
I am now including this squat test into the initial consultation because it shows us so much about where your body is at and what stretches and exercises will be good for you to work on (if you want to!) once you're out of pain.
The Sit to Rise Life Expectancy Test