Ever feel stuck in a routine that is zapping the energy right out of you? Having trouble reaching your rehab or fitness goals? The brain is a funny thing, in that it seeks comfort and pattern. The problem is that it only adapts only when facing NEW challenges. 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝘁, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁!?—That’s right, the brain craves pattern, but thrives on variation.
The brain doesn’t love surprises, and is always trying to anticipate the next outcome and make adjustments along the way for safety and success. Getting out of the comfort zone of your normal routine is tough in all aspects of life; social, academic, work and physical fitness.
One of the biggest causes of muscle and joint pain, or fitness plateaus are our daily habits. Our routines are comfortable, we see them as normal and easy, the path of least resistance, yet are causing us harm — Think sitting all day at your desk…..
The key to breaking through pain and performance barriers is to hack your nervous system with variations to your daily movement habits. Lose the normal, lose the easy, 𝙇𝙊𝙎𝙀 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙍𝙊𝙐𝙏𝙄𝙉𝙀, and introduce variability, variety, and variation! In other words, do as many different things as often as you can.
These new activities don’t have to be complicated to successfully achieve adaptive change, but nothing happens until something moves! So get ready to move 𝑴𝑶𝑹𝑬 of yourself, 𝑴𝑶𝑹𝑬 often, and in 𝑴𝑶𝑹𝑬 ways. Your brain and body (and chiropractor) will thank you!
𝑺𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝑴𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝑫𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒚:
1. Brush your teeth barefoot and work on splaying all of your toes slowly and smoothly. Then try lifting only your big toes, leaving all the other toes relaxed on the floor. This provides massive sensory feedback to your brain, and foot control is extremely important for balance and fall prevention.
2. Walk backwards towards your car at least 10 steps. When was the last time you walked backwards..𝑬𝑿𝑨𝑪𝑻𝑳𝒀
3. Walk around on your heels for 1 minute. This will not only stretch calves, but work the shin muscles all the up to the core.
4. Copy your kids! Mine are always doing crazy stuff that I try to copy, mostly so I don’t feel old. I find myself trying to do all sorts of crazy patterning and laughing at the same time. They still understand the fun and learning involved with variation.