Although this may sound like a groovy 80’s dance move, in this blog post we’re going to be discussing how we pace ourselves in day to day life (however suggestions for dance moves are always welcome).
We all have good days where we feel we have more energy and are able to do more, and then not so good days where you feel sapped of energy, and perhaps more stiff or sore. Although sometimes it may simply be an “off” day, other times when you read between the lines there may be a way to manage this better.
On the days when we feel we can do more, we tend to take full advantage of this by “booming” our activity levels, sometimes without even realising we’re doing it. Although we are never ones to discourage activity, sometimes doing too much can lead to detrimental effects over the next few days- a.k.a. a “bust”. It’s easily done, but over time this could actually lead to a reduction in activity levels, as you may find yourself needing more recovery days. For this reason, it’s important to be able to pace ourselves properly. A useful tool is an activity tracker- this can either be on a smart watch or phone, or speak to your Physiotherapist about a personalised activity chart. This way you can recognise patterns and implement changes to become more consistent in the long term.
from ‘the Neurophysiotherapist Team at Simpson Physiotherapy Ltd.