MOVEMENT IS WHAT WE NEED

Sunday 12/20/15

“What is more useful and rewarding for you and your clients?”

1. Learning to move in complex patterns that build strength, mobility, coordination, are in tune with our form, improve the brain by engaging in the process of learning and make you look awesome at house parties?
Or 
2. Generic dumbbell rows and chest presses?
I have been in the fitness industry many years.  Yes, I used to get in that gym a lift weights…heavy weights…all the time.  Used to have my clients doing it also.  Nothing wrong with lifting weights… I still lift a little.  Much lighter and not so often.  Like the saying goes: I wish I knew then what I know now!

The fitness world I live in today is all about MOVEMENT!  It is much easier to train to get stronger or more powerful.  Keep increasing the load, reps and force…strength and power will come!  Sometimes it comes at a cost if this is all you do.

Training for better movement is much more difficult….especially a little later in life after all the injury, tightness, weakness, and imbalances have been present for so long.  The brain has been adapting to compensate for the imbalances and so forth.  

For those of you reading this who do not know what I mean..

If you flop down into your chair or onto the toilet seat, if you would rather leave something on the floor because it hurts to pick it up, if you won’t pick something up (medium weight) because you fear your back will go, if you have not been down on the floor since you were a child…

You definitely have movement issues.  The more you avoid movements that trouble you…the greater the weakness and instability will become.  This is a fact: USE IT OR LOOSE IT!  

I see it to many times…50 year old women who can’t use their hips properly…they compensate and use their low back.  Men who can not straighten their arms over head because their shoulders are so tight from all those bench presses thru the years.  Young people 20 &30 years old with their necks sticking so far out because they have had technology since they were born.  Not a big deal to them right now, but it will be one day when the pain sets in because of all the compensation patterns that have developed over the years.

Those of you wanting to work on your fitness in 2016… Work on your MOVEMENT!  Most trainers do not even teach movement.  Like I said earlier in this article…I am a fan of working out, but work on your movement first.

If a person can move properly thru large range of motions your strength will already be increased…because you do not have to compensate so much.  

Learn how to crawl and practice that.  Learn how to roll properly and practice on a regular basis.  Watch tv in a squat or in a figure 4 sit…a few minutes at a time.  This will do way more for you that any bench press or leg press…EVER!

Christmas is around the corner… If you see yourself or loved one in this article…give the gift of “MOVEMENT”!

POSTURE AND BALANCE: THE KEY TO AGING WELL

What is balance exactly?  

Balance is the ability to maintain your center of gravity within your base of support.

Posture is th ability to balance our head over shoulders…over our torso…over our pelvis…between our feet.  The feet are our base of support.  In actuality we all are in posture everyday…most of us are in poor posture due to the fact we have lost the ability to balance our posture between our feet in proper alignment.

An example would be a pretuding forward head developed from years of sitting at desk looking at a computer screen. That forward head is out of balance.  The forward head puts strain on the neck and shoulder muscles causing them to over stretch and become tired. This causes a cycle of adjustments in the body to help compensate for the forward head.  

Take a look around next time you are in a mall or grocery store.  Look at all the people just going about their life.  Look at all the different postures.  How many good -balanced postures do you see?  Probably not many.  Matter of fact someone with really good posture will stand out in a crowd…good posture is very attractive.  

How do you think some of the elderly get so bent over?  So stuck in a stooped position?  Why can’t they pick their feet up when they walk?  Why do they shuffle?  The answer is years of poor posture.  They lost their ability to balance the head over their shoulders in proper alignment long time ago.  This causes the body to alter mechanically in order to remain upright.   The muscles shorten or tighten. The bones and joints shift causing friction and degeneration.  How many of you have parents that you worry about taking a fall because their balance is so poor?

There is absolutely no one has to age poorly.  Age does not cause bent over crocked bodies.  

Start working on your posture today.  The better you can balance your head over your shoulders…over your torso…over your pelvis…between your feet (your base of support) the more efficient your muscles will work.  This stuff is important.  I realize no one ever thinks about their posture or how they move…but it is the key to aging well and moving well as we age.

POSTURE CHECK SAT. MAY 16 9:30 AT FLOWOOD YMCA…YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO GET STARTED!

MOVEMENT MATTERS!