When you wake up in the morning and your limbs are feeling a bit tight, what is the first thing that you seek to do? You stretch. You stand up, you stretch your arms up to the ceiling, you may even stretch down to touch your toes. Doesn’t that stretch feel so good? Don’t you feel like you can proceed in your day? Stretching is an integral part of starting our day on the right foot. Have you ever considered that stretching could be an integral part of starting your life and keeping your life on the right path that leads to growth and development?
As a newly certified group exercise instructor, I have learned the importance of stretching and keeping your muscles limber.
Stretching is necessary for optimal muscle and joint health. Stretching helps to increase blood flow throughout the abdominal muscles and it keeps them nice and limber.
Why is stretching important for our bodies?
According to Harvard Medical School (2017), stretching allows the muscles to maintain flexibility, and to stay strong and healthy. Flexibility is also needed to maintain range of motion in the joints. Without stretching, the muscles will exhibit atrophy (shorten and become tight).
If you don’t stretch your muscles, they will be no good to you.
Your muscles will not be able to successfully function the way that they were made to. Without stretching your muscles, you will not be able to sustain over the long haul. Without stretching your joints will become ineffective, which will minimize how much walking or how much movement you’re able to do. Pretty much, if you don’t stretch you run the risk of becoming stagnant. It may not happen immediately, but it will.
It is a truism that stretching your muscles are integral for living a healthy life, but my main point today is not about stretching muscles…
It’s about stretching you.
In my last post I talked about never losing sight of your dreams. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, check it out. You know what you want to do in this life that you have. You know that you were created for a purpose. However, you are not living to your fullest potential. You are not stretching yourself to your maximum capability. You are allowing yourself to atrophy , shrink , become tight, and minimal…
Almost nonexistent…(mic drops)
You are afraid to step out for whatever reason that you tell yourself, but I want to tell you today that it’s time to stretch.
Very often in life we find ourselves complacent. We have good jobs and the routine of life seems sufficient.
“Everything is good the way it is”
That was me…
Any deviation from this norm would be a devastating blow to my cool.
My life was so predictable!!!
You’ve read about it before… wake up… take kids to school, go to work…. pick them up… routine dinner, shower, and bed.
I could do it all with my eyes closed.
Once my 4th baby came into this world… it was a whole NEW world
for both of us.
That routine that I once knew was abolished. I constantly tried and STILL continue to try and resurrect it, but it’s done. My stretching has begun.
I know that I’m more than just a mother raising 4 kids.
I know that I’m more than just what my routine defined me as… but I’ve been hiding… hiding behind the shadows of my off springs… hiding behind my inner fears of judgement and rejection.
Hiding behind my fullest potential. I have become my own worst enemy.
Are you an enemy to your own soul today? Are you holding yourself back?
Points to Ponder:
1. Very few are born with a desire to live stagnant lives. ( For those that choose to do so… mercy)
2. Success doesn’t just fall into your lap (unless you inherit wealth/ fame/ businesses). You have to do something .
3. You only get out what you put in. The more you give, the more you achieve.
4. Making it to the top does not define your fullest/truest potential. Being at the top is still not enough.
5. Never forget where you’ve come from. Stretching has a starting point and in order to know how far you’ve progressed you have to remember your beginnings.
6. Take someone along with you on the journey. Stretching means stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching out to others. It’s about helping someone trek that road you’ve already passed through. Through leadership and mentorship, you continue to grow, blossom and stretch.
7. Never settle. When you think you’ve done enough…. there’s always room to improve. Assess yourself…evaluate… then evaluate again.
Stretching can be seen like as having to do more than you think you can physically do at that time. Last Thursday morning I decided to walk to ShopRite to pick up something that I needed for that day. I wanted to walk early (around 5:30am) because the mornings are so nice and quiet and it’s a great time for me to think. Being that I’ve been working out all week my body was extremely sore. Even walking hurt, but nevertheless I set out anyways. As I’m walking, strolling along, I am passing this house where I see four standing animal figurines on the lawn. As I’m walking along, listening to music on my phone I’m like, “how nice… statues of deer.” As if the deer heard my comment, one of the deer turned its head and looked at me. My heart jumped because literally I was right next to the deer. Typically, deer run away from you when they see you too close but not these deer. They watched me. I started to make my way across the street to get away from them and one of the deer started walking towards me. The deer kept proceeding in my direction and my once sore body that could hardly walk a step turned into survival mode and I literally started running. Running as fast as I could without looking back to ensure that I could get away from the deer that apparently was chasing me.
After I was assured that I was safe, the word “stretch” immediately came to my mind.
At that moment I had to be stretched beyond my perceived limits. I had to step out of a place of comfort to get to a place where I felt that I was safe. I had to be stretched out of my alleged limits to get where I needed to be. We have to be able to stretch ourselves–beyond our perceived limitations in order to get where we want to be in this life.
Today I challenge you to stretch!
C.onsistency and your
H.ighest dreams ever dreamed!!!
~ Candace Mezetin