You wouldn’t think it wasn’t worthwhile if you couldn’t do splits on day one

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Can you do the splits?

No, me neither.

Do you want to be more flexible?

Probably.

Most people do.

Imagine you started something new with a view to becoming more flexible.

Your own stretch routine, gymnastics, a yoga class, etc.

End of the first session comes and you still can’t do the splits.

Would you come back / do it again?

I presume so.

What if you never got more flexible?

You’d stop after a few weeks, I’d guess.

Understandably.

We’re aware that any stretch only does a little.

Increases our range of motion a millimetre or so at a time.

What was once a stretch becomes a ‘new normal’.

And we go a little ‘further’ to get that stretch.

And we’re not just talking about muscles, ligaments, etc.

It’s the same for any ‘stretch’ in life.

Enough so it does something.

Not so much that it hurts and we don’t want to do it again.

Cumulative effect over time.

Going straight from little to no exercise and eating in a way that’s gained us weight……..

To expecting to train hard five days a week and eat like a nutritionist at all twenty one meals……..

Is like expecting to do the splits on session one.

A bit of a stretch is fine.

A step in the right direction.

More and / or more effective exercise.

Some better food choices.

That soon becomes our ‘normal’.

The next ‘stretch’ going a little further.

We may one day end up the equivalent of an Olympic gymnast.

But probably not.

But just being more ‘flexible’ bit by bit is always worth doing.

Much love,

Jon ‘I said to my personal trainer, “Can you teach me how to do the splits?”
He replied, “How flexible are you?” I said “I can’t do Tuesdays.” Hall

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Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.