We had a conversation in the morning class the other day about stretching and how we all (with the exception and a very few individuals) desperately need to spend time stretching and mobilizing the muscles and joints. We have the tendency to sit sedentary for much of our days whether in the car, at a desk or table, or on the couch relaxing after a long day. Then you show up to the gym and expect your body to just move the way its supposed to. It's not going to happen.
We all know that we have spots where we struggle. For me it's pretty much my entire posterior chain (calves, hamstrings, glutes, and lower back...you can add my shoulders to that as well if I am being honest). Now here comes the issue and what I think is a big reason we struggle so badly to implement stretching in our daily routine whether you are in the gym or not: WE DON'T MAKE THE TIME! Mind blown! Right?
It's like your New Years resolutions. Here we are in April now. How are those going for you? I listened to a pod cast that talked about changing habits or making new habits, and the reason we cant seem to make these stick is we forget we have to sacrifice something to be able to add something. Wait did I just say "sacrifice"? We don't say no to things in our culture, that is unheard of.
But seriously, we only have a finite amount of hours in the day. If you want to add something that is really good for your health and longevity, say like spending time stretching each day, then you have to decide that you aren't going to do something else. You have to sacrifice something else you are doing in your day to make this work. Maybe it's just sacrificing sitting on the couch while you watch your favorite DVR'd show and instead you stretch while watching it, or maybe you get up 15 min earlier in the morning and stretch before you get in the shower.
Now to bring it back to movement. We all have our tight spots that make specific lifts in the gym hard or painful for us. This is one way you can get better at them or get rid of that pain. Pick your tightest area and work on that. You don't need this elaborate stretching routine that hits every part of your body and takes an hour and a half to get through. Just 15 min a day. You will see a change in how you move at home and in the gym.