If you're anything like me, I ride up to the last minute, do a few stretches and then rush out the door and back to my daily life of kids, errands and chores. I push through the hardest workouts I can manage. For me, riding is my "me time". My time to see how much I have. See if I can be better than I was yesterday. I'm a different person on my bike. I love my daily rides. I cherish them. I wouldn't be the person I am today with them.
What I don't like is getting injured. When I can't ride, I am not happy to be around. I find that I go go go until something pulls or twists that prevents me from my workout. Then I look for a quick solution. I am willing to try anything to alleviate the pain and get me back on my bike. Every time it's the same self-talk. Becky...had I only spent more time stretching and taking care of my body. I would't be in this painful situation....
We are busy. We squeak as much out of our day as time allows. I want to do yoga. I want to stretch longer than 2 minutes after class. But when push comes to shove, it's this very important piece of my workouts that is sacrificed. I keep telling myself I need to be ahead of the next injury. If I would just give myself that extra hour or two a week.
So my health and fitness goal for March is to commit to stretching. It takes 21 days to make a new habit I've been told. So I'm dedicating the month of March to my flexibilitiy. After receiving this article from a friend and yoga instructor I personally committed myself to making this part of my workout a priority.
Here's to my month of stretching!