Friday, December 16, 2016

Your body and mind are a beautiful couple !

The body is your brain. Your body plays a major role in emotions, learning and relationships. The body is intimately involved in all our thought processes, understanding, emotions and decision making. The mind and body are inseparable. There is a misconception out there that your body is fragile and can't withstand the "stress" we place on it. I hear time and time again that certain exercises are bad for you, for example squatting below parallel. Which in fact, is not only safe to do but optimal for mobility and range of motion of your joints.
Your body is meant to move.It’s built to move your spine out of neutral, take your knees past your toes, or lift with your legs and not your back. None of these actions is necessarily bad, unless your body can’t handle that given demand and that is where injury occurs. Injury = Demand > Capacity. So, if you are not training these movements, you can get injured because you lack the ability to move in that way.
Here is a scary FACT: “In less than two generations, physical activity has dropped by 20% in the U.K. and 32% in the U.S. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation. Vehicles, machines and technology now do our moving for us. What we do in our leisure time doesn’t come close to making up for what we’ve lost” - designedtomove.org
Do you have a desk job? Are you sitting over 9 hours a day? Do you sit all day then come home and sit and watch tv? Your body is just denigrating as we speak.A modern human has the luxury to ask why run? Why jump? Why climb? When everything is accessible, when you are not forced to move to catch your prey or avoid being prey. Most people have a disconnect between their mind and body.
Movement is essential. You need to move your body! What is movement and why is exercise not enough? Movement is doing what our bodies are designed to do, running, jumping, swimming, climbing etc. Your body is made to have different levels and demotions of variety. Exercising has most commonly evolved into sitting (yet again) on a machine and doing isolation work. Now I am not opposed to isolation work, I myself am a bodybuilder so that is the core of my movement. However, the majority of people need total body movements. If you train, then "train movement, not muscles". Find out what movement means to you. For most moving is being in the present, enjoying the moment. Enjoying what you are doing.
Here are some things you can do to move more in your life!
-Sit less
-Enjoy movement by doing more of it. Go outside and walk.
-Incorporate exercise into your life.
-Train the total body compound movements.
-Practice yoga and learn to relax the body and mind.
-Play! Learn a new sport, skill or just enjoy being goofy again!
The takeaway, move more, sit less and enjoy life in your natural environment.

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