Therapy of the Physical

Daily Movement Prompts, Saturday, April 22, 2017 edition: Therapy of the Physical

Have you ever been given specific exercises or movements for recovery from injury or surgery? How motivated have you been to work of these?

Or been given drills from an instructor to build skills or strength? Do you work on these according to a schedule?

Or been suggested to do activities for improved mood or mental health? Have you engaged in this physical activity as your therapy?

How did you move today? How will you move tomorrow?

Mantras and Mottos

Daily Movement Prompts, Thursday, April 20, 217 edition: Mantras and Mottos

Do you have any favorite phrases you use to motivate yourself? Phrases to get you up and moving? Motivations to overcome old shaming tactics or brain weasels? How so you combat the Lizard Brain that wants you to fail?

You already have heard some of mine:
* No Pressure, No Shame
* This Body, This Day

What do you tell yourself?

How will you move today?

Rescheduling Yourself

Daily Movement Prompts, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 edition: Rescheduling Yourself

I had the cutest conversation with a student tonight. Her: “Wow! My arms can still feel it from last week!” Me (and others): “There was no class last week!” Her: “I mean, I can still feel it from last time!” Me: “Maybe set a reminder to do at least one practice between classes?” Her: “Oh, I have reminders! My phone goes off and I just say, Ugh, I can’t do *that* right now.” Me: “Ah. Then you may need to RESCHEDULE that reminder and *do* when it comes back.”

I cannot count how many times I have rescheduled reminders on my phone. But the key is that I cannot just dismiss a reminder. I have to still *do* the thing I want to do. But I can reschedule it (infinitely) until I *do* the thing.

Do you use reminders or appointments to get yourself time for movement? How do you reschedule those appointments when it needs to be pushed out later?

How have you been moving lately?

Why Do You Love Your Movement?

Daily Movement Prompts, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 edition: Why Do You Love Your Movement?

You have a favorite movement, maybe two. What makes it your favorite? Why do you love swimming or climbing? Dancing or yoga? Aerial silks or trapeze? Running or walking? Riding bicycles or riding horses? Pilates or cross fit? Tap or Flamenco? Water aerobics or weightlifting? Tai chi or Krav Maga?

What makes you pleased when you’ve accomplished something in your favorite style?

How did you move today?

Muscle Types

Daily Movement Prompts, Monday, April 17, 2017 edition: Muscle Types

I was thinking about yesterday’s post on the Slow-mo Poses for movement, and I kept remembering the phrase “slow twitch” as a muscle type. I couldn’t remember the opposite phrase for fast muscles, so I looked it up.

* Type I, Long distance, Slow twitch
* Type IIa, 400m/800m, Fast twitch oxydative
* Type IIb, Short sprints, Fast twitch glycolytic

Fast twitch. Now I know. And there are two types of fast: Going fast for specific distances like running the 400m or 800m, and fast for all-out short sprints.

In the activities you do, how do you work both your slow twitch and fast twitch muscles? If you were looking for an idea for today, you could consider something in this category. How could you drill those fast twitch muscles?

And if today is a rest/recovery day, you con consider this as a thinking and planning exercise: Using your mind to plan for your workouts later.

How will you move today?

Movement as Poses and Slow-Mo

Daily Movement Prompts, Sunday April 16, 2017 edition: Movement as Poses and Slow-Mo

Do you ever work on Movement in slow motion or with long-held poses?

Yesterday, after soaking and stretching in the hot tub, I sat on a bench to cool down. And I thought about posture and arm strength. I started setting up various poses to hold and move in slow-motion, just to examine and think about alignment and muscles. Today, I thought about the simple act of going from a prone position in bed to seated positions.

Some activities thrive on this approach–yoga, Tai chi, and others. Some warm-up or cool down routines emphasize slow and deliberate movement.

Whatever you have planned today–holidays, family, friends, travel, or staying in–if you are stumped on an idea for movement today, consider trying some slow-mo or held poses and see what you can discover in them.

How will you move today?

How to Weekend

Daily Movement Prompts, Saturday, April 15, 2017 edition: How to Weekend

There are many default attitudes I notice in the U.S. Many people assume that the “weekend” falls on Saturday and Sunday. Typically, people think everyone celebrates the same holidays. And most people seem to think that exercise required tennis shoes and sports stores for equipment or inspiration.

I love to break those molds. I love to challenge the notions that not all of us are married to the U.S. work week calendar. To me, Monday and Tuesday are my relaxing days (or my alternate weekend). And while many of my friends and family have a holiday tomorrow, my 8-day holiday doesn’t end until Monday, when I will celebrate by eating breads and leavened foods again. And my idea of favorite exercise involves very big skirts and barefeet. 💛💚💙

How do you “Weekend” in your home? Is that your rest time? Is that your first time to run around and “do all the things?” Is your weekend on different days than everyone else around you?

How will you move today?

Checking In Today

Daily Movement Prompts, Friday, April 14, 2017 edition: Checking In Today

Simply put, simply curious: Are you moving? Are you moving today? Are you moving this weekend? Are you moving the way you want to?

Chime in. I care. 😊🌠💛

What Do You Need

Daily Movement Prompts, Thursday, April 13, 2017 edition: What Do You Need?

What do you need to do the movement, exercise, workout, activities of your choice?

Do you need a partner? A friend? A teammate? A supportive community? A teacher? A mentor? A coach?

Do you need space? Equipment? Access to equipment?

Do you need Time? Relief from other things in your schedule? Assistance with scheduling? Alarms? Calendars? Reminders?

Do you need a Plan? Ideas? Classes? Training? A breakdown of the steps to get to a large goal?

Do you need Recovery from injury or illness? Access to a doctor? A second opinion? A specialist? A therapist? Medication?

Is there something you can do today that will help get you the things you need?

How have you moved lately?

Just One Thing

“It’s hard to get motivated.” Have you heard yourself say that? “I forgot that I wanted to fit this in my schedule.” Or the other killer comment, “I didn’t realize I had stopped. I just got busy with other things.”

Pssst, now is the time you stop and ask, “Am I specifically in recovery from injury or illness? Or is today specifically a rest day between activity days?” If you are specifically in rest or recovery today, this is your chance to cheer for yourself! You chose rest! You chose recovery! Good on ya! Keep up the choices to rest and recover! Avoid new injuries! Avoid feeling like shame should be any motivation technique!

Okay, the rest of us: You have just identified that you are *not* specifically in rest or recovery today. Here’s my question: Have you done “Just One Thing” in your own choice that was for Movement Today? Sure, it can be more than one thing. Did you move? Was it your body? Then it counts! Planned or Incidental, you moved! Go you!

Now, those of us who still have not answered in the affirmative: Do you *want* to move today? If the answer is, “No thanks,” then own that! You absolutely can choose to not move! Go you, making your OWN choices.

But if you read this far and you haven’t moved yet today and you WANT to move today, have you tried to do “Just One Thing” yet? Many you enjoy walking. You could go walk for 5-20 minutes (or set your own walk length). Many of you are dancers. You could put on just one song and get up to do your drills or rehearsal. Many of you enjoy yoga and/or stretching. You too could put on some music or turn off the equipment around you or go into a quiet space and do just one series of poses or stretches.

Some of you have Martial arts practices. Perhaps you could go through a kata or a drill or some practices. Some of you are swimmers. Do you have access to your pool? Could you go do one set of laps? Some of you cycle or run. Could you pause and spend 20 minutes in your preferred activity?

Some of you have Physical Therapy routines. Could you stop and do some of those exercises?

Today. Just One Thing.

What did you accomplish?