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Beyond Exercise for Fitness

Jun 17, 2014

With fitness training, most prescriptions of exercise agree that the participant should perform 5-10 minutes of warming up, to get the heart rate going, performing activity specific movements, and getting blood flow to the periphery. Most folks know as well, that after the work phase of an exercise session that they should cool down, and possibly stretch. In between sessions, such as on recovery days, joint mobility movement and stretching exercises can and should be performed in order to compensate for the tension that builds up in certain parts of the body. One particularly neglected area of the body are the hands and forearms. These play such key roles in our day to day lives that it would be very detrimental not to not consistently compensate for these parts by doing exercises such as wrist rotations, finger twirls, and finger stretches (flexion and extension stretches). Whenever we work with weights, perform bodyweight exercises, clench our hands while running, type on a computer, or write, we are using our hands and forearms.

This is another example of how fitness is far from just exercise sessions. It is something someone can, and should improve during their normal waking hours. Other examples include consciously straightening our spines to avoid the “chair shape” many office workers fall into, breathing deeply into our ribs to control our fight or flight responses to the stresses of daily living, and being aware of where our tense areas are by being more mindful of our bodies and mental states.

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