For her entire life, my grandmother took baths, never showers. Mostly to prevent her hair from getting wet, which she washed and set herself once every two weeks on Thursdays like clockwork.
Little did she know, her bathing habit not only preserved her hairstyle but also preserved her ability to move freely well into her late eighties.
Taking a bath requires lowering into the tub with control and requires strength to get up when it’s time to get out.
Because she did this regularly her whole life, my grandmother maintained the ability as she got older.
She could also get up and down from the floor easily!
Contrary to popular thought, getting up and down from the floor isn’t naturally lost with age.
It’s lost because we stop getting on the floor.
The old “use it, or lose it” adage applies to your knee, ankle, and hip joints.
Getting and sitting on the floor requires a much broader use of these joints that keeps them mobile while helping prevent arthritis.
If you can’t remember the last time you got all the way down onto the floor, there’s a good chance your body has adapted to chair sitting.
And if so, it doesn’t mean you can’t still glean the joint-mobilization benefits getting on the floor provides.
In today’s video, you’ll learn how to bolster a floor-sitting position in a gentle way that invites mobility in your hips, knees, and ankles.
You’ll need a couple pillows and blankets for this one.
As always, I’d love to hear how it goes. Tell me in the comments below.
Wishing you a Happy New Year with more freedom and ease in your body than ever before!
P.S. If creating more balance, ease, and freedom in your body is on your mind for 2021, stay tuned. I’ve been working on an eight-week online program that starts in February, and it’s all about creating balance in your hips that will help you keep doing the things you love in your life. More details coming soon!