The No. 1 Thief of Fitness

When I discuss goals with new clients, I often hear things like:

Lose Weight

Lose Fat

Get Stronger

Gain Muscle

Stay Healthy As I Age

But rarely, if ever, do I have a new client tell me, “I want to become more flexible.”

Yet, as sure as I’m sitting here typing this newsletter, within the first few weeks of a new client’s journey, almost every single one of them says to me, “You know what? I’m really not flexible enough.”

Lack of flexibility is the thief who steals our health and fitness. When we lack flexibility, we’re unable to achieve full range of motion … and we end up short-changing ourselves on every exercise we do.

Or worse … we get ourselves into positions that we can’t safely get out of because we lack the flexibility.

Flexibility happens in the tissues … the muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons. 

Then, on top of that, there’s joint mobility.

Think about how many hours you’ve spent sitting in a chair or car over the past 20 years, and it’s no wonder your joints don’t work the way they were designed to work.

And, invariably, the back, shoulder, knee or hip pain starts to creep in … and at this point, it becomes very easy to lose motivation and give up on your exercise program.

It just becomes too painful.

But remember … it’s not the exercise that’s causing the pain … it’s all the accumulated stress on your stiff muscles and immobile joints.

So, whether you’re well into your fitness journey or just getting started, I urge you to prioritize becoming more flexible. It’s one of the keys to unlocking true health, fitness and longevity.