Over the past year or so I’ve really been inspired to move in lots of fun ways, including tree climbing, rock climbing, scrambling, and generally moving more spontaneously. The only downside is that as I’m starting to feel so much stronger and healthier, I’ve been slacking just a little on my restorative exercises. Lately my body has been letting me know - in the form of some minor shoulder and hip pain - that, while it appreciates the movement macronutrients (climbing, scrambling, squatting, etc), it would also like a little more attention to detail.
While I agree that I could stand to supplement my movement diet with more movement "vitamins" or micronutrients (i.e., all of the stretches and exercises that make up Restorative Exercise), I don’t want to miss out on the problem-solving, joy, and playfulness that come with moving in more complex ways. So, my newest goal is to fun-ify my Restorative Exercise practice! (And if funify isn’t a word, it should be!)
Turn your chores into a movement session
To start, I've been adding some restorative exercises to my everyday chores. We modern humans have very little opportunity to move compared to our ancestors, so we really need to get all the movement we can, wherever we can squeeze it in. My new favorite chore is loading and unloading the dishwasher because I get to do so many great piriformis, hamstring, and lats stretches.
find some balance
When I do dedicate some time to mindful movement, I've been playing around with ways to make it more fun and interesting. Take the crescent stretch, for instance. It's a wonderful stretch on it's own, but when done on an exercise ball it also presents the perfect opportunity to play with balance and stability. The balance challenges in this video were inspired by a colleague of mine at the Alignment BEACH, and are also cat-approved.
Long story short, have fun!
Once you start moving, the possibilities are endless!