Can I do the things I need to do throughout the day without getting too tired?
If your answer was no to that question last week, I suggested that you would need to up your strength in the weight department. But here’s the thing you may be wondering…what does “too tired mean?” It’s often easy to assess when a muscle cannot do any more exercise like when you are in a gym and you can barely do one more rep because you are too tired.
But to assess whether you are strong enough on a daily basis to do what you need to do, may be a little more complicated. Below are several things that will tip you off that you are not in as good of shape as you need to be:
– You are prone to injury.
– You are not sleeping well.
– You no longer desire to do the things that you once enjoyed doing.
– You find yourself looking for movement shortcuts.
– Your enjoyment mainly comes through eating instead of a multitude of outlets.
* all of the above can be a condition of others health problems not related to strength. I tell my clients to check things out with a doctor, but if these areas above improve with me training them than their lack of overall strength was one of the missing links to feeling good.
Can I move in various positions without feeling strain?
If your answer was no last week then you gotta increase your flex, called range of motion or ROM for short. But here’s the thing here: losing our ROM happens so slowly and progressively that we barely notice it until one day, we bend over to pick up a pen off the floor and we can barely get back up! Scary right?
Here are 5 activities you should be able to do without strain.
1. Pick up a pen off the floor with no strain.
2. March in place with a high knee lift for 1 minute with no strain.
3. Stay in a half squat position for one minute/full squat for those in athletics with no strain.
4. Raise your arms up overhead while standing against a wall with no strain.
5. Get up off of a floor from a supine( on back) position to a standing position in less than 7 seconds/3 seconds for those in athletics.
Do I feel balanced in various activities throughout the day?
If your answer was no last week then you gotta increase your leg strength and increase your balance.
Here are 3 activities you should be able to do with good form:
1. Pick up a pen off the floor while feeling balanced.
2. March in place with a high knee lift for 1 minute.
3. Stay in a half squat position for one minute/full squat for those in athletics.
4. Get up off of a floor from a supine( on back) position to a standing position in less than 7 seconds/3 seconds for those in athletics.
5. Balance on one leg with eyes closed for 30 seconds/ one minute for those in athletics.