Our family ditched the holiday tradition and decided to leave our tiny town for the big city lights of Seattle for Thanksgiving.
Our daily nature walks were replaced by treks through the urban jungle at night.
Our local raw dairy and food co-op was replaced by stops at the local Whole Foods Market, which is as large as an airport. P.S. When I die, I would like my ashes spread over the coconut products section. You can find coconut products between the sweet potato chip section (featuring 42 different types of sweet potato chip) and the Apricot Jam wing.
Our son will be living in Seattle someday, I am sure, due to his new relationship with the giant Popsicle ("bopti") statue in Belltown.
Bopti: Any food on a stick. Also, hand puppets or small blocks (or olives) that fit snugly on the fingers.
Anyhow, after sleeping in strange beds, using pillows at night and sitting for four days on a couch, in a car and on a ferry my quads were pretty stiff. This morning I decided to film a quick quad-stretch how-to.
Check and see if you can mindful-up your quad stretch by eliminating any of the common cheats that take the lengthening force away from the quads and create shortening loads to the low back or the waist. You can also enjoy watching the cousins play "horse." After a week of being ridden by a tiny dictator, I am happy to pass the buck to the three year old.
Don't have time to watch the video? Here's the nutshell: Hyperextension of the lumbar spine is a common culprit in those that feel low back compression during various exercises or poses. If your pelvis moves from neutral in exercises that are supposed to require knee flexion or hip extension, then your low back will take a beating and the muscles you meant to stretch will be left untouched. Mind the pubic symphysis!
And in other news...Happy Two-Month Birthday to my little Miss.
I mean, seriously.