Experiment: Stretching Every Day for a Year – Here Are The Results!

It all started with David Goggins book Can’t Hurt Me and Sadhgurus book Inner Engineering. Both books talked about stretching in their own way:



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📝 Goggins talks about his muscles being so stiff that it was “like pumping blood through frozen beef” before he started to stretch seriously.
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📝 Sadhguru talks about how asanas, yogic postures, prepares us for growth and transformation because “It is not only your body that becomes flexible; you become flexible as well.”
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📜 THE MISSION: 📜
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Stretch everyday for a year and see if it can help me to fix my anterior pelvic tilt and my recent lover back pain. And also make me a faster runner.
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🔸SHORT TERM EFFECTS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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-After only a few days of streching I noticed my body feeling more awesome. 😀
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🔹MID TERM EFFECTS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • After the initial excitement about the early result the routine soon became quite boring due to lack of noticeable result In terms of flexibility..
  • During this period I have seen steady progress when it comes to increasing my running speed.
  • The practice released me of my lower back pain. Amazing.
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    🔸LONG TERM EFFECTS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • After doing stretches for 9 months I noticed that my pelvic tilt was gone and my lower back pain was almost unnoticeable most days. If this is because of strength training or streching, or a combination of both is hard to tell. But the truth is that I feel like a new person.
  • Just like meditation this is a practice that I find hard to make time for when I’m busy and need it the most.
  • I’m disappointed that I haven’t done more progress in terms of flexibility during this experiment.
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    ⚖️ FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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    As you age the compounded effect of a sedentary lifestyle will reveal it self I one form or another; through the inability to reach your toes, a painful spot in your lower back, or in adopting the posture of someone who has spent to much time leaning over a screen. Stretching can help you counter these effects and also open you up to a higher energy levels.
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⁉️ How do you keep your body strong?🤔⁉️


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Thoughts on: Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

Sadhguru book is unsatisfying for the rational mind. Even the part that is suppose to be pragmatic are often fussy and vague. In exercises he asks the reader to do all kinds of experiments; watching a dripping crane for an hour, observe nature, bow to objects and “just see what happens”.

Of couse the rational mind doesn’t have the leading role here. Sadhguru points out the unbalanced focus on the mind in society. What about the body, energies? Aligning all these components is the highest aim of yoga.


📝 “Don’t simply believe what you are reading. The only way to find out whether something is true or untrue is to experiment with it.”

📝 “It’s only people who think too much who cannot eat and sleep properly!”

📝 “Resentment, anger, jealousy, pain, hurt, and depression are poison that YOU drink but expect someone else to die.”

📝 “To reduce a sophisticated science, like yoga, to a mere doctrine is just as tragic as turning it into a cardiovascular workout.” BUT “Even if you get into yoga for the wrong reasons, it still works!”. Haha, This is how it was for me. I started going to the lunch yoga at work for gaining flexibility, now the practice itself is the goal.

📝 “If you still believe that everything will be okay the moment you find a new girlfriend or boyfriend, get a raise, buy a new house or car, then it’s not time for yoga. Once you’ve tried all those things and more, and clearly know that none of it will be enough—then you are ready. So now, yoga.”


⭐️ TAKEAWAY:

This book really hammered home the energy and body connection and got me looking into fixing my body. After years and running and lifting (and tons of injuries) I’ve realized the monumental importance of a solid foundation. I’m so stiff I can’t even reach my toes or sit in a squat. “You can’t inject blood in a frozen steak.” to quote @davidgoggins . I’m fixing that now with a daily stretching routine (32 consecutive days so far!)


⚖️ VERDICT:

The book didn’t grab the way I expected, and often exceeded my limits for open mindedness, but there is still more gems in there than can fit an Insta post. My favorite book in the genre is still A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle 👌🏻👌🏻

3/5

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