I was going to put this in the Mental Health thread but if people are interested it deservs it’s own thread.
Ok, so I am becoming more and more aware that I am wasting time and energy and not fullfilling potential.
I am lazy and king of procrastination. I don’t waste time on phones or spend nowhere near as much time on the internet as many, I eat pretty balanced etc etc, so, what am I doing wrong?
What’s making sense to me recently is, I’m not practicing some obvious fundamentals.
I have been starting to do very simple stretch routines, some general and some specific to my state of my legs. also, more importantly, learning to breath.
This post would be way too long to add all the linked ideas and inspirations to learning these benefits and to be honest any of the ideas and the people who push them make me not take anything seriously because of the flowery way they put it all across. But the fundamentals make sense to me in order to maintain the body and mind. I don’t want this to come across all mumbo jumbo and anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a new age flowery cunt.
So, the point! Like me, I assume most of us are not quite doing or feeling what we hope for ourselves? So, I propose an experiment.
2 weeks, we all spend 5-10 mins twice a day doing some fundamental stretches etc. If we do them as we get out of bed and before we get in to bed then we have no excuse to not do it as we are there with nothing to do apart from lay there. And when we find ourselves sitting for an amount of time, we do some deep breathing. After 2 weeks, lets see if we feel any benefits physically and mentally. Also as a bonus we could find some time to sit and listen to music we love. I don’t mean on the go, I mean sit and listen, think nothing but the sounds you are hearing. Music is the fucking best and feel that people who don’t listen to music are not only missing out but are shutting themselves away from a good source of positivity.
Is anyone up for it?
I have been doing stretches in this way for a few weeks and slowly I am feeling the benefits physically with all my aches and pains but I know that this is just the begining for me and my issues. I also decided a few days ago to concentrate on breathing so I am right at the start of this experiment. I have been doing yoga for 2 years once a week with friends but never really got the whole breathing thing until recently even though it’s a huge part of yoga.
If you are up for it? The stretches are (while lying in bed):
- crunch right knee to chest, stretch out leg into the air and grab behind your knee and pull it to chest while trying to keep leg as straight as possible. Copy for left leg.
- Right knee up and place foot over left thigh and push over to left with hand, work the knee up and down to rotate and stretch hip. Copy for left leg.
- open hips up forcing your thighs apart, you can do both at the same time. grab behind the knee’s and crunch up.
- lay in a cross pose then place right leg over left at a right angle to it twisting your hips but with keeping back as flat as possible and turning your head the opposite way. Copy other for other side.
- Get out of bed and stand. Breath out and bend to touch toes (you probably won’t), breath in and stretch up hands in air. Repeat and get closer to toes. A few goes to touch toes or floor or as close as you can depending on your timber.
- arms by side and stretch as far down your side as you can one side at a time. Then arms up and out to the side and twist around both ways.
- stand with your feet facing forwards but right in front of left about 1’ away and a foot width to the side. lunge forward bending right knee with foot flat down while lifting back leg heel but keeping leg straight. 5 of these. Then do 5 of these while doing a body twist, just torso with arms out, both ways. You’ll feel your ankles stretch. These are like excersises for shin splints but I think they’re great for skating.
- Anytime of day as much as you like but breath in deep through nose bloating belly until you can’t take any more in, then breath out through mouth slowish and crunch up belly until you can’t push any more air out. you could experiment with breathing, there must be loads of beneficial techniques.
This all takes me 5-10 mins max and I know even that tiny amount of time is hard to find especially with work and kids etc but once you get into a routine it’s quite easy to manage it.
Already too long a post so I don’t blame anyone for not being interested but for anyone game for it lets see if anyone benefits to something so small and simple.