Movement is a very broad subject which I’m sure most of you would have already talked about in life and what I am going to share is just a fragment of my passion about it. I feel it is important to bring it up, considering in this modern age, we are developing as a species, many studies have shown how we have evolved intellectually compared to our ancestors, not in a better way but a different way. How we deal with daily situations has changed so much, now so much can be done through our phone without having to move.
We live in a constantly growing technological generation where less and less physical labour is required to achieve given tasks. If I compare the education system now to when my dad was at school, he was fortunate to do 6-8 hours of compulsory sports a week whereas my high school only allocated 2 hours. Now I hear it can be less in some schools. As you can see from the early years of our life we have been brought up in an environment that involves sitting a lot and developing our brains. Most of us would then go on to work at a desk 7 or more hours a day. Our bodies will soon fall behind with activity being sacrificed.
I myself am no genius on the topic of movement but I can strongly say it is one of the healthiest aspects in life. Certainly a healthy body is a healthy mind. My appreciation and understanding for movement will always change as I develop as a person, with the influences I have around me playing a big part.
However at this time in life, I also make a massive sacrifice in order not to become as efficient as I can with moving my body in different ways. I choose to specialise more in certain sports which will limit my physical capabilities and even change my posture that could be considered impractical towards other disciplines. But that is where my passion lies for the time being and that is where I am happy to be right now. Just to give you an example my week will involve the following sort of sessions:
- Weightlifting x 4-5 sessions
- Rock climbing x 1-2 sessions
- Gymnastics x 1-2 sessions
- Circus training x 1 session
- Rope conditioning x 1-2 sessions
- Tennis x 1 session
Within the sessions there will always be some flexibility work, but as a trainer I would say this is a limiting program. If I want to be a better weightlifter I have to squat more, simple as that. I do believe with everything there needs to be some balance, I don’t believe there is a perfect balance as I see ourselves constantly drifting from one side of the spectrum to the other.
There are endless things we want to do in life. For most this will involve getting off the seat we spend most of our time on, and if we don’t we will soon pay the price of not being able to stand up properly. Arguably we all need to live; in London that means making money to pay living necessities and it seems we don’t even have time to do anything else but work if we want to survive, pay the bills and look after the family. For most of us there will have to be enormous sacrifices to be made to spend more time moving.
Most of my clients tell me they don’t have the time to exercise more than 2 or 3 hours a week, but what I am talking about is not just about exercise, that in itself is a limiting activity. It is the activeness I am talking about. Here are a few very simple examples of how you could get started:
- Cycle or walk to work
- Avoid the escalators, or better still do a calf stretch while standing on the escalator. Remember it is still a great movement to do.
- Stretch your wrists and fingers while you are at your desk
- Do your shopping in person instead of online
- Take your elders to do something physical, I take my dad once a week religiously to the tennis court regardless of weather conditions all year round, it’s an easy way to spend family time and he loves it. But this could also mean walks to the park or museums
- If you have children make an effort to spend time and play with them
- Do some gardening
- Go back to using old fashioned suitcases without wheels
- Spend more time making love
- Go dancing, it amazes me to see great dancers past their 60’s. Go to Cuba and you see it as the norm day and night!
- Help your trainer change the weights 🙂
I’m sure there are endless things you can do in your life to help look after your body if you put some thought into it and it is never too late to start. Here are a couple of links from Ido Portal, a great influencer about movement.
Written by Anthony Masters, MoreFit PT