Remember how movement (motor control) is driven by sensory information? If not, that’s ok. Press pause and catch up here: https://thescarlady.com/skin-movement-connection/. Now you are ready for a simple workout hack that will challenge your brain. Your brain will have to move you in a different way; this is like brain candy.
Skin trauma workout hack
If you have a scar/s, tattoo/s or piercing/s, this is for you. Rub your area of skin trauma briskly for 15-30 seconds. If you have a large area or multiple areas of skin trauma, repeat the process. Then walk around with good breathing from your diaphragm for a minute or two. If it is leg day, do a few squats and lunges. If it is upper body day, move your arms and shoulders around several times. Your nervous system is now primed for an awesome workout.
Kinesiology tape hack
You can also apply a piece of kinesiology tape to the bottoms of your feet. It doesn’t matter how hard you pull the tape. If you have sensitive skin, start by applying the tape with no tension. If you tolerate the tape well, increase the pull on your next workout. You can vary the amount of tension from workout to workout to prime your brain for a different challenge.
Your brain loves variety and variability in movement. Try new movements and switch up your workouts every month or so for optimal results. Let me know if you notice a difference in how your movement feels. Happy exercising!
KinesioTape is my favorite for sensitive skin. RockTape has stronger adhesive. The kinesiology tape can stay on for 5 days as long as it does not bother your skin. Remove immediately if your skin breaks out around the tape or severe itching/irritation occurs. GENTLY remove and DO NOT RIP OFF! Soak tape with baby oil, olive oil, etc until saturated for easier removal. Remove in direction of hair growth. It is normal for your skin to be slightly more pigmented and see the adhesive pattern on your skin after tape removal. This does not indicate an allergic reaction and should go away fairly quickly.