Remember: Part of this readiness includes good hydration, proper protection and correct clothing for the activity.
There are secrets to keeping your body happy about walking and exercise. It is called warming up and cooling down those body tissues.
Warming up fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and our entire brain and nervous system. Waking up each these structures before exercise sets the body and focuses the brain and emotional systems for healthy results.
For a complete guide to stretching for pain free walking and all sports click
Probably the least understood part of the body, fascia are found in fluid bands or sheets of connective tissue fibers, that forms beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, communicate pain signals and separate muscles and other internal organs.
Made of flexible collagen structures, fascia are capable of resisting great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibers that straighten with a pulling force or becoming more gel like when relaxed. (Fascia are the pink colored fibers seen in the image above.)
Emerging science and client experience suggests that fascia play a very dynamic role in the cycle of injury – pain relief and recovery cycle.
Networked with memory, autonomic nervous system, brain hormones, vascular cells and musculo-skeletal systems, different layers of fascia seem to need different techniques to activate pain relief and release physical and emotional stress from different layers of fascia. – Mary Wolken PhD 2015
When you have gone too far. How does your body let you know?
Follow the warning signs
Physical Signs & Symptoms of over doing/exercise:
Elevated resting pulse / heart rate
Frequent minor infections, colds and flu’s
Increases in minor injuries
Chronic muscle soreness or joint pain
Pain that travels around the body
Inability to relax and sleep deeply
Weight loss or gain
Appetite loss or increase
Insatiable thirst or dehydration
Intolerance to exercise
Decreased performance or obsessive performance
Delayed recovery from exercise or illness
Slow thinking or comprehension
Reduce Psychological Signs & Symptoms to make it to the finish line:
Intolerance for people or situations out of your comfort zone
Fatigued, tired, drained, lack of energy
Little do you realize that each of us is constructed with a suit of interwoven fibers that makes us potential Super Heroes. If you look closely at Spiderman’s red body covering you will see the first layer of networking black lines. These protect and give Spiderman his super powers.
What is I told you that we all have this power grid structure? Yes, it is true .
In living animals, humans included, we call this networking structure that is under our skin and surrounds every organ fascia. It is the most under studied part of us. From my experience it houses the most potential solutions for memory of our traumatic experiences and must function well if we want health and happiness.
Joint health, injury-free sports, organ health and fluid movement
The proper functioning of the fascia is necessary for joints of the spine, hips, knees, ankles and ribs to absorb impact and distribute the strain throughout the body. Proper exercise should follow the lines of fascial pull to distribute the impact. When you’re tight and restricted, the fascia gets sluggish and doesn’t glide smoothly over the muscles and bones. In order for your body to work like a well-oiled machine, you must focus on the fascia. Fitness ability is dependent on healthy fascia.
Today a new integrated approach to releasing the residuals effects of old injury and pain is focusing on fascia calming and relaxing to remove the pent up tension, overload and stress. Once released the body is able to work move smoothly and the old pain and trauma memories give way naturally to memory and behavior improvement and improved sleep and well-being even weight loss. If you would like to know if this approach would improve your health, fitness and success click here.