Rosemary Barclay Helps You Stay Flexible During Winter
Rosemary Barclay shares tips on how to stay flexible for an improved quality of life.
During the winter months, it’s easy to fall out of healthy routines of exercising and going to the gym. Warm cozy blankets and movies on the couch seem more and more inviting. The holiday season keeps many people busy, and finding the time or motivation to stay active can be a challenge. Falling behind on your fitness goals however, can mean even more work getting back into shape come spring.
Dropping temperatures paired with lack of physical activity can make you tense and rigid. This can lead to a larger risk of getting injured while doing things like shoveling snow, sledding, skiing, or even scraping ice off the windshield. By staying flexible year round, you can stay healthier than ever before this season. Rosemary Barclay, founder, and owner of Bonne Santé Wellness Center shares winter wellness tips to help you stay flexible in the winter.
Before starting an activity, even one that takes place in the privacy of your home, Rosemary Barclay recommends stretching to warm up. This is key in reducing the risk for injury while improving range of motion. Without stretching muscles shorten and tighten leaving you prone to joint pain, strain and muscle damage. Flexibility will naturally decrease with age but can be improved with regular stretching.
Many people shy away from yoga because they believe it requires you to be flexible. Rosemary Barclay knows that this could not be farther from the truth! Poses can be modified for beginners and regular practice will improve both flexibility and strength. Slowly challenge yourself to reach deeper into the position, pulling the muscles and expanding your range of motion.
This activity can not only improve flexibility but also posture! Rosemary Barclay recommends incorporating the slow, controlled stretching of Pilates to build long, lean muscles and improve balance. It can also help you strengthen smaller muscle groups that are often forgotten about in gym routines.
Plan with Rosemary Barclay
To help you reach your fitness goals, Rosemary Barclay suggests creating a weekly exercise plan. Put together a schedule with activities and the amount of time each one will take. This will make it much easier to incorporate staying flexible into your daily routine. If possible, encourage your friend or significant other to join you when your schedules line up!
Rosemary Barclay is the owner and founder of Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT. She earned her bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in biochemistry and is a board-certified nutrition specialist. Rosemary is also a certified esthetician and acne specialist, believing in the fundamentals of nutrition for overall longevity. For more information, please visit: https://www.bonnesantellc.com/about-us.html