You can drastically improve yourself at any age and any stage, but you have to be realistic about where you are and take the next step from where you're currently standing. It can take YEARS of doing the right things the right way consistently to re-engineer and transform your body structurally. The more imbalances you've created, the longer it will take. Make the commitment. Don't tell yourself you don't have time, because you do have time. You're just either committed or uncommitted.
The more imbalanced your body is structurally, the more difficult anything will be and the more wear and tear you will cause on your body due to excess friction. Even things that should be enjoyable and good for you, like a nice run, or gardening, or a game of tennis, can become painful. So many people have to stop or limit activities they enjoy, not because they want to, but because their body is too much of a barrier. Eventually, regular tasks like walking up and down stairs or getting up from the floor will become stressful. Even breathing becomes a big effort for the body in a state of stress and imbalance. None of this is because of age. Age is an easy excuse because everybody ages and immobility and pain seems to be very common with age, but the real culprit is how you use your body daily. Keeping your body balanced and agile is an ongoing practice, not a one time fix.
I've created an easy morning routine that pretty much anyone can use to wake up their body and start the day right. In certain cultures, a morning routine of movements to lubricate the joints, awaken the spine, increase circulation, etc is a common practice, but in western culture the knowledge and benefits of such a routine seem to be largely absent. Ideally, this routine should be done first thing in the morning, followed by a glass of warm water.
The movements were chosen purposefully, they are not just a collection of random exercises. For example, gentle movements for each major joint, muscle-tendon elasticity (a big and overlooked factor in terms of how youthful your body feels and moves at it ages), activating and mobilizing the whole spine, movement of the scapulae, elevating the legs/feet above the heart, strengthening the stabilizing muscles of the rotator cuff, strengthening the lower back/legs/core and more are all considered and incorporated into the routine to make it as comprehensive as possible while making efficient use of the time. The whole routine can take less than 10 minutes, or up to 20+ minutes depending on how much time you spend on each movement (suggestions provided in the instructions). Even if your strength and range of motion is extremely limited, you should be able to make good use of this routine with minor modifications.
This routine does not replace a movement practice. It should be something you do like brushing your teeth - a most basic daily maintenance and awakening of the body. If you do any internal practice/meditation daily, you can do it either before or after this routine.
If you're a current Skillz Movement client, you'll receive a special promo code by email to access the routine for free. For anyone else, it's almost free anyway at $5 US. I hope you will find it helpful and use it well, should you decide to try making this easy but potent and beneficial routine a part of your day.
To access the routine, please CLICK HERE.
Whatever you do - do it consciously.
Move better. Live better.