The iron jungles have closed and us gym rats are feeling the consequences. Fitness equipment for purchase is scarce, leaving many of us trying to squat our furniture and family. Quenching our thirst for growth may seem like an impossible task when lacking in resources. If you’ve been mourning the loss of the gym recently, here are a few tips to help you on your path of growth.
Tight muscles may be the reason your squat or military press haven’t been progressing as you’ve hoped. Breaking down “knots” helps to release toxins that have built up in the muscle. It also encourages the flow of blood and lymph to help flush these toxins away. Support the process by drinking plenty of fluids after the massage.
People have used oils native to their land for thousands of years to encourage healing. For example, olive oil is used ceremonially in the Mediterranean, while some Asian cultures favour coconut oil. These oils are often infused with sacred herbs. This is something you can try at home too. Fill a glass jar with a natural oil and drop in your favourite ingredients: sea salt, lavender, bay leaf, mint and lemon are all great options with known benefits. Place your jar somewhere warm with plenty of sunlight and let it sit for a couple of weeks to allow the oil to absorb the plant nutrients.
Many cultures around the world use tools for their massages like smooth quartz, jade, or even bone. Whilst rubbing ourselves down with a chunk of femur might not sound ideal, a large, smooth crystal will do the tricks. Alternatively, you can use your bodyweight to press into a small solid ball like a lacrosse or golf ball.
Target specific mobility functions
We all have that area we’ve been neglecting. Now is the time to refine the basics and focus on the key exercises that you’ve likely been skipping out on at the gym. Poor posture and weak joints are areas that don’t often receive the time they deserve. Our mobility is the foundation on which we grow. While mobility training won’t make you ‘swole’, it will reinforce the foundation you build upon.
If you are seeking mobility guidance I highly recommend Dr. Jen Esquer (@drjenfit on Instagram). Her platforms are packed with golden nuggets that can completely revolutionise the way you move.
Expand your definition of growth
Expansion feeds the soul, but growth goes beyond the physical. Manifesting strength in the body takes energy and dedication. So much so that we often forget to focus on growth that isn’t “gains”. To direct energy primarily into muscle gains is to starve the unseen parts of yourself which also need your attention.
Growth is what happens when we exercise and expand our capacity to experience, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Our body grows under tension, as does the mind, character, and spirit. Tension shows us our boundaries, giving us the awareness to overcome life obstacles & limitations.
Tension creates traction. Traction can slow you in your tracks, or propel you toward your vision, depending on how you work with the pressure given.
Diamonds are formed under pressure. So are heroes.
You are resilient.
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