One might say sass and S.A.S. go hand in hand. The thinner we are stretched, the cheekier we become. Be it at work or with family, with others or alone; high demands, lack of sleep, too little movement, and tension change people much like the Snickers commercials on TV illustrate.
The well-muscled Stretch Armstrong toy also personifies this human plight well. Time under tension leaves people snapping and clickety-clacking. Check out these tips on how to overcome stretch armstrong syndrome by reconnecting, re-centering, and reenergizing.
A 2008 University of Vanderbilt Study of 6,300 people published in the American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that an average American spends 58% of waking time (7.7 hours a day) in sedentary behaviors such as sitting. Movement, strength and functional training offer countless benefits, not withstanding longevity. Check out the Main Line’s Anytime Fitness of Villanova for the best place to move!
Become More Flexible.
Become more flexible, in both body and spirit. Flexibility exercises reduce physical and emotional injury risk and chronic pain, and improve muscular and lifestyle balance. Lifestyle guru Jennifer Schelter’s passion for love and shared experience encapsulates flexibility’s meaning. Consider adding one of her retreats or seminars to your wellness regimen.
Work Out the Kinks.
Just beneath your skin lies a complex network of connective tissue called fascia. This thin sheath of fibrous tissue encloses muscle, acting like a jacket of sorts. If pliable, healthy fascia is like a cashmere sweater, tight fascia is like a thorn-studded straight jacket.
The ladies at Rebalance Physical Therapy are body worker magicians. Moving more while concurrently adding Rebalance to their wellness plans has left many of my clients in the best shape of their lives.
Sometimes the Best Exercise is Rest.
Last and certainly not least, sometimes the best exercise is rest. In his book Yoga and the Search for True Self, Stephen Cope discusses how he took a mid afternoon nap for a full year as part of his mind-body journey.
Too much of any one thing can be a bad thing, and listening to your body’s needs is the best way to create balance. All of us suffer from a bit of S.A.S. What steps are you willing to make time for in order to tip yourself over, and let the beautiful self out?
Author: Julia Anthony
B.S. Exercise Specialist, CSCS, NASM CPT