Resilience is the ability to successfully adapt to stressors, while maintaining psychological well-being, in the face of adversity. It’s the ability to “bounce back” from difficult experiences. Whether it's during a difficult WOD, a tough day at work, or a hardship you're facing, resilience is a key skill to have to adapt and positively recover from things thrown your way. As we reflect this month on the topic of resilience, let's see how we can be resilient in the gym, at work, and at home.
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“There are three major ways to relate to and engage the mind usefully: be with it, decrease what is painful and harmful, and increase what is enjoyable and beneficial.” - Rick Hanson, PhD.
Resilience is such an essential skill to have in life. Everyone experiences challenges, hardships, heartbreak, loss, and so much more. To be able to adapt and build a strong enough core to handle these inevitable situations when they arise is key to being strong and living a happier life. This book dives deep into how you can grow that strong core to better be able to adapt to the challenges we face in life.
The reality is that we spend hours each day sitting, whether it's at work, driving, eating dinner, etc. All of this sitting contributes to a lack of hip mobility. The hip is one of the most complex joints in the entire body. This joint has over 15 different muscles that are associated with it, which makes it very easy to affect and that much more important to work on.
Because so many muscles are intertwined with the hip, if athletes have poor hip mobility often times they will compensate and overuse the muscles in the lower back which commonly leads to pain or injury. If athletes increase their hip mobility, they can improve their power and explosive movements exponentially.
Perform these movements to work on your hip mobility this month!
Read more below on how to become more resilient in your daily life!
The pecs are such an important and often overlooked muscle! They help contribute to the stabilization of the shoulder joint which has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. Strengthening the chest muscles help improve posture, upper body strength, muscle mass, and even deeper breathing.
Here are 4 benefits of working out the pectoralis major and minor according to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Amy Ravindra:
1. Improved Posture: As one of the largest muscles in the upper body, the pecs play a major role in maintaining good posture.
2. Better Breathing: Strengthening and lengthening chest muscles helps to support deeper breathing because the pecs are attached to your ribs, which expand with every breath.
3. Breast Support: Contrary to the popular belief that doing chest exercises will make breasts smaller, doing pectoral exercises will actually do the exact opposite. By building muscle around breast tissue, this helps to provide more lift and support.
4. Everyday Perks: Even if you don’t realize it, you use your pecs a lot during daily activities. Anything that involves lifting, holding, squeezing or pushing calls on your pecs; so it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra strength in that muscle group.
Perform these exercises to work on chest this month!