Kelly is participating in the Norma Jean Family Challenge. Here is her progress so far.
Name: Kelly Ayris
Location: Fruitland Park, Fla.
SMART Goal: Increase muscle flexibility
In December of last year, Kelly Ayris found that her usual stretching routine wasn’t enough to alleviate stiffness and discomfort in her joints and muscles. She enrolled in the Family Challenge in the hopes of expanding her stretching routine and improving her flexibility.
“Initially, I did some research,” she says. “I also talked with friends and family members who have a regular routine.” Once she’d developed a stretching routine of her own, Kelly began to see some improvement—but also ran into setbacks. “I pulled muscles in three different parts of my body because I was too aggressive,” she says. These experiences taught her that she would need to strengthen some muscles as well as stretch them, and she now uses a Theraband [a stretchy fitness band] to warm up and exercise her muscles. As she refined her routine, Kelly began to see results: “I’ve got a better range of motion, less stiffness, and I feel better overall.”
Kelly’s experiences so far have led her to favor a slow but steady approach to her health goals. “You need to have a regular, gentle approach,” she says. “Just stick with your plan and don’t get discouraged if you have a delayed result because the results will come.”