Anne Kosem Life Coach

Hold That Stretch!

Hold That Stretch!

By September 9th, 2019 Uncategorized Comments Off on Hold That Stretch!

Recently, I started working out with a Soma Trainer as a means to restore my neck function after an injury. Soma Training uses corrective exercise to train the body to hold and support itself correctly again. Each week, he evaluates me and gives me stretches/exercises to complete at home.  That’s the easy part. What’s not so easy is holding each stretch for a full 30 seconds. I’ve come to understand that this is a critical part of the healing process. If I don’t hold it for at least 30 seconds, I won’t be transforming the muscle by giving the muscle fibers time to lengthen and realign. Basically, my efforts will only give me short term relief. I’ve had about all I can take of that…. so transformation it is!

Of course, at first, I didn’t think 30 seconds would be long at at all. In fact, I figured I could estimate it without a timer.  I tested myself to be sure.  Guess how long I made it before I looked at the timer?  Only 12 seconds! I was shocked. How could I be that off? Needless to say, the timer has become an integral part of the process. From time to time, I will test my estimation skills and I’ve yet to get it right!

When we put time and energy into self-improvement of any kind, we want results. The truth is even the smallest of shifts, in thinking or behavior, will yield a result. But for real transformation,  we need to “hold that stretch” a little longer.  28 days is the magic number. Maybe we should say 30 to be safe! Mark it on your calendars. If you estimate the time wrong, you will likely be disappointed with the results you receive. Disappointment is a heavy emotion that tends to linger and manifest into self-doubt. While achievement, on the other hand, infuses us with a boost of self-confidence and empowers even more positive growth.

Happy habit breaking and building! Keep me posted with your progress….I’m always good for a dose of encouragement!