Flexibility Assessment

I know that one of my HUGE issues is flexibility, I don’t think I’ve ever really been “flexible”, and until I got educated about physical fitness, didn’t really put much thought into it.

Until I started hurting…

I’m sure that I’m like many of you, I would commonly hear “stretch before you ___” or “make sure you stretch after you ___”,  but for the most part, I would pass because I’m trying to get on with my day.

I WAS SO WRONG!

First: Stiff & Short Muscles and Joints with Restricted Movement DON’T WORK WELL

Tight muscles can cause pain and imbalances in the body. When a muscle isn’t working properly, another muscle make take over it’s function. Chicken or Egg: the muscle in pain may not be the origin of the problem.

Tight muscles can restrict movement, which increase your risk of injury or impact your ability to do daily activities. Problems with shoulder flexibility? How does it feel to reach for items on a high shelf? I can tell that my left ankle issues impacted my ability to step certain ways when I was on my South Dakota hike, stressing my left knee and hip more because they needed to pick up the slack.

Tight muscles can restrict blood flow. Proper blood flow is important for recovery after activity. Or maybe a hint to the answer of: It’s Thursday, why am I still so sore from Mondays workout?

Second: Flexibility Naturally Decreases with Age

Certain parts of my body feel 20 years older than others…I guess it’s celebrating birthdays without me and this is the hangover? Not Fair!

Third: Flexibility does not always equal Stretching

I will do more detailed posts on specific Stretching, Flexibility and Mobility activities, but here are a couple of Flexibility Assessments that I did recently:

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Studying for my Test

Anyone else ever taken a Fitness Test?

Also commonly known as a Physical Assessment, physical fitness tests can provide information on a range of things, such your strength, flexibility, or endurance.

You may remember testing in school for the President’s Physical Fitness Test, but there are so many more tests for adults that can look at specific areas of ability instead of general physical fitness.

 

 

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Finding my Limits

One of the best things to come out of my hike in South Dakota is a real test of my hiking training program.

Unfortunately the Chicago area is very limited for hills, and stair training can only do so much – so now I’m adding additional exercises to improve my functional strength, stability and mobility in three areas of limitations:

Ankles, Hips and Wrists!

Ankle and Hip limitations are almost self-explanatory – just look at this terrain:

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Hiking Project Kickoff

I’ve done pretty well with Intention 1 & 2 this year. See Post

Now the rest of the year I’m working on Intention 3 & 4: do more Hiking & Trail Walking and to do more Strength & Flexibility activities.

I’m now kicking these into high gear for the next 10 weeks.

With this training plan, I will be doing monthly long walks/ hikes around the Chicago area, please let me know if you would like to join me!

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Let me know if you would like to work out with me or get your own customized training program for Hiking or Nordic Trail Walking!

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