20 Things to Rock in 2020

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In honor of a new year and a brand new approach to myofascial release—the TRX Rocker—we’re ticking off a list of 20 things you should at least consider rocking in 2020. From the physical to the metaphysical, here’s a non-exhaustive roundup to help you approach the new year.

  1. Your neck. All that tension you feel around your neck and shoulders? There’s something you can do about it. The TRX Rocker offers a straightforward approach to myofascial release through your neck, and we even made a video to prove it.
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  2. A positive attitude. It’s not just the act of turning your frown upside down: according to the Mayo Clinic, a positive attitude can increase your life span, lower rates of depression and stress, increase resistance to the common cold, improve cardiovascular health, and help your coping skills when things get tough.
  3. A new ‘do. It’s only hair. If you’ve been toying with the idea of making the chop or trying a new color, why not go for it?
  4. Your calves. Treating your calves right will also keep your feet happy. If you want to walk, run, and perform better, dedicate a few minutes each week to rocking your calves.
  5. Meditation. We get it: “rock” and “meditation” aren’t two words you expect to see bumping up against each other, but hear us out. According to Dr. Herbert Benson—founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—any condition that's caused or worsened by stress can be alleviated through meditation. "The relaxation response [from meditation] helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves," Benson tells WebMD.
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  6. Rest days. Your body needs to chill and reset. Don’t get so wrapped up in chasing those gains that you forget your rest days. Taking a day off at least once a week will actually improve performance.
  7. Your back. Whether you’re a frequent weight lifter or an all-day chair sitter, the Rocker is great for releasing upper, mid, and lower back tension. This short video will show you how to rock all three!
  8. Vacation. Just as your body needs to reset, so does your mind. Take a few days off. Turn on your out-of-office reply. Close your laptop. You don’t even have to leave town; just take a break from the grind.
  9. A workout jam. Do you have a song that really motivates you to push harder? Try adding it to the end of your workout playlist to help you hit those final reps hard and finish with a sense of accomplishment. 
  10. Your tight quads. Spent your week running, cycling, and squatting? It’s time to release the tension in your quads. Here are a few pointers on how to get started.
  11. A good night’s sleep. You’ll function better—both at the gym and in the office—if you get more sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours each night.
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  12. Flossing. Almost a third of Americans never floss, according to US News and World Report. If you’re one of them, try joining the 37% of Americans who at least occasionally floss this year. 
  13. Your hamstrings. Hammies are the unsung heroes of the backside. Glutes get all the love—and emoji recognition in the cultural zeitgeist—but relaxed hamstrings will help you stand taller, jump higher, and sit more comfortably. These TRX Rocker moves will help you treat your hamstrings right.
  14. A new skill. As Brian Wong explains in Inc., “Practicing a new skill increases the density of your myelin, or the white matter in your brain that helps improve performance on a number of tasks. Additionally, learning new skills stimulates neurons in the brain, which forms more neural pathways and allows electrical impulses to travel faster across them. The combination of these two things helps you learn better. It can even help you stave off dementia.”
  15. Eating veggies and fruits. Eating more than five servings of fruits and veggies per day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and early death, according to researchers at Imperial College London. Their study found the greatest benefit came from eating 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. If everyone ate this amount—equivalent to about 800 grams, or 28 ounces—approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be prevented, CBS News reports.
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  16. Your hips. If you wait to release your hips until you’re officially in crisis mode, you’re setting yourself up for an uncomfortably personal massage with your bodyworker or chiropractor. 
  17. A hobby. Psychology Today offers six reasons why it’s important to have hobbies, but here’s the most compelling: Hobbies help you structure your time. “According to Parkinson’s law, ‘work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.’ More simply, things take as much time as you have.” Blocking time on your schedule for hobbies can help you complete other work more efficiently.
  18. Friendships. We’re talking about real, pick-up-the-phone-and-call or meet-up-for-dinner friends; not your Facebook friends. "People with social support have fewer cardiovascular problems and immune problems, and lower levels of cortisol—a stress hormone," says Tasha R. Howe, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Humboldt State University, explains to WebMD.
  19. Exercise. In the immortal words of Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods: "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't." And while that’s certainly true, the benefits of exercise extend beyond lowering spousal homicide rates. Exercise will help you feel better, move better, and live longer.

     

  20.  The TRX Rocker. We’re ending this list with the tool that inspired it, the TRX Rocker. Simply put, rocking is better than foam rolling, and the TRX Rocker is here to make myofascial release easy, accessible, and affordable.

Now that you’ve got your blueprint for rocking 2020, get to work and make this your best year yet!


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