Recovering from Spectator Sports
Summer is a time where we tend to spend more time outdoors, explore nature, and tend to spend more time on leisure. After all, we internationally take our longest vacations and schools are off during most of that season.
With that, comes the excitement of major events, and sometimes, as they overlap, it can leave us certainly being leisurely, at the expense of physical activity. Recently, we’ve had several sporting events glue many of us to our screens: the FIFA World Cup of Soccer, the Tour de France, Wimbledon. Both latter events got overshadowed by the World Cup, with France winning 4-2 over Croatia. Novak Djokovic from Serbia took the Men’s title for Wimbledon and Angelique Kerber from Germany defeated Serena Williams. The Tour de France is still ongoing and will benefit from the end of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, what’s happening to us as we watch? The same stuff we usually do: round backs and shoulders, tighten the hips, not enough blood flow.
We shan’t always go right back into activity without resetting and recalibrating. In the popular sit-com Seinfeld, one character, George Costanza, was going to do nothing during what he called “the Summer of George”, only to suffer from poor blood flow and atrophy of his muscles, which was exaggerated for comedic purposes. It does happen, nevertheless.
1. Low to High Swing
Take out your dual weighted ProBar (the show configuration) and starting low on one side, swing up diagonally, across the midline, up to the other side (e.g. start low on right, swing up high to the left).
Swivel on your axis, let your feet move as you swing, like throwing a punch or a discus, and let the upward momentum of the club-like ProBars stretch you ballistically while engaging your core muscles.
2. Triple Stretch
The Triple Stretch opens up your chest and upper anterior deltoids as the “twist & pull” action of the ProBar engages your posterior upper chain. The asymmetrical stance promotes stretching of the hip on the side of the leg going back. make sure the knee is locked, and you can flatten your back heel for an extra calf stretch. That’s where you essentially stretch those 3 areas at once.
The bonus feature is that the core tightens to keep you stable, so you take care of the most common movement dysfunctions (weak core, tight chest and hips) at once. Make sure you do both sides and note if one is tighter than the other.