Anyone else struggling to drag themselves out of bed during these chilly months. Here are some quick tips to help you stay motivated through winter!
1. ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY!
Drag someone out with you! Everyone knows it much easier to make it out of bed when there is someone waiting for you!
2. KEEP YOUR CLOTHES NEXT TO YOUR BED!
Half the battle is avoiding getting cold in the process of getting out of bed! So keep that jumper in arms reach so you can throw it on and make it easier to get up! (Don't forget the old slippers too!)
3. USE THE TIMER ON THE HEATER!
I'll be honest! I'm not very good with technology BUT I have managed to work out how to use the timer on the heater. I set it for half an hour before I want to get up so it's nice and toasty!
4. TREAT YO SELF!
I don't know about you but I am FAR more motivated to exercise right after I've bought new active wear!! Go on! Treat yo self to a new jumper, a long sleeve or some tights! Get some new found motivation to head out into the cold sporting your new fancy active wear!!
5. REMEMBER YOUR WHY!
Exercise is my happy place and my stress relief. I try to focus on all the reason's why rolling back over in bed is a great idea! Rather than that it is cold and the sun isn't up yet!
6. THE POWER OF THE LUNCH SESH!
Recently I was struggling a little to get out of bed because it was dark and chilly! My friend suggested we do a night run! First of all this ticks the accountability buddy box. (WIN!) I'm very much a morning exercise person so I was a little apprehensive. It was much easier than I expected to change it up and go at night. Particularly when I was meeting up with someone. I have also been doing a power session on my lunch break, in the middle of the day when it's warm! Some times it's only 20mins but something is better than nothing!
7. SIGN UP!
Bridge to Brisbane is coming up! As is the Brisbane to GC ride and the Gold Coast Marathon! If you really want to go all out there is the Queenstown, NZ Running Festival in November. Find something to train for and create a plan. It's much easier to drag yourself out of bed in winter when you have a goal!
Good luck! Hopefully that gives you some ideas about how to drag yourself out of bed through these chilly months! Don't forget to rug up! We see alot of shoulder tightness at this time of year from people changing their posture to stay warm!! (Who would have thought!)
Founder - Just Knead It
As you know Just Knead It is all about being proactive with your health and wellbeing. This doesn’t just stop with your musculoskeletal health, but your body as a whole. We are constantly looking out for health practices that embody our values and focus on ensuring you live a full, happy and healthy life, long term.
Neuaudio is a company that represents what we believe in. Andrew, an audiologist and the founder of Neuaudio focuses on proactive hearing health and cognitive decline. He spoke to me recently about the heart breaking effects of cognitive decline and how research is showing that improving your hearing is the number one way to prevent it.
As a massage therapist I see the both sides of this terrible condition. I see family and friends affected by stress as they see their loved ones start to be impacted by cognitive decline. I hear about clients who start to withdraw from seeing family and friends because they are struggling with their hearing but don’t want anyone to know. Social isolation is extremely common amongst those with untreated hearing loss, this frequently leads to physical inactivity as people start to find it easier to stay home than to go out and interact.
Article by Shane Assmusen,
- One of our highly experienced remedial massage therapists.
Posture, as defined by Oxford Dictionary is ‘The Position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting’
When it comes to the position of the body, there is an ‘ideal’ position. This position (or alignment) allows for a stacking of the skeletal structures, in a way that combats the forces of gravity and distributes the load evenly across your spine.
As a massage therapist and trainer, this is key. To have a posture that resembles “ideal” alignment, allowing for greater performance, and decreased risk of injury.
Below is a picture giving an idea of different postures from side view;