Dedicate 15 minutes of today to do some active recovery at home. Perform some General Informed Freestyling and see which positions feel good versus which ones that feel a little gnarly. Turn off the music, leave the phone on silent and have a conversation with your body.
If you don’t have any tools or a dedicated place to mobilize in your apartment, your RWOD is to assign yourself a spot for A/R and purchase/make/hack at least 2 different tools to help get you started. One of the easiest ways to modify or initiate a behavior is to change the environment in favor of what you’d like to do (or not do). If you’ve got the tools laying around and have a dedicated space for it, you’re more likely to start doing your own body work as opposed to creating a quick excuse about how you don’t have a foam roller or the floor is too hard or a particular room is too cluttered.
Below is a picture of my mobility “war chest”. I’ve got a small room in my apartment that’s about 7’x9′ which I use for daily mobility work. Since taking the time to permanently lay out a mat (use the discount code cfbrooklyn36 to get $10 off) and having plenty of tools including a cool star machine on hand I find myself going in there at least once a day to do some body work. Sometimes it’s 2 minutes, others it’s 45. Just depends on how I’m feeling and what kind of groove I get into. The point is that I made it really easy for myself to get in there and get to work so the habit stuck and I’ve been doing something everyday for a couple months now. I feel better, have integrated mobility into my daily routine and really just enjoy the process. Additionally, it cuts way down on the movement prep I need to do before working out since my default physical state is always calibrated to “supple”.
Remember, active recovery should ideally be prehab, not rehab.
What kind of mobility tools and space do you have at home?
David’s mobility and movement war chest at home
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