Written by: Daniel Maresca
What if all of those hours you are putting in at the gym exercising over the last umpteen years aren’t actually doing much to help you?
I know, it’s not what you want to hear but it’s a worthwhile question.
Worse, what if all those hours are causing insidious damage to your body. Meanwhile, you continue exercising, completely unaware until that fateful day when the proverbial straw gets stacked on the pile.
This is your chance to start thinking about exercise in a completely different way. Dare I say a more evolved way? And as a result start the process of feeling excited about exercise and noticing some real tangible effects that improve your quality of life and not just the size of your muscles or waistline.
Exercise as we know it comes in many different forms but in all instances even with bodyweight exercises, yoga or pilates, you are putting forces into your body. Sometimes it’s just the force of gravity, sometimes it’s a barbell or sometimes it’s a pilates reformer or if you’re lucky a bounding hike through the Appalachian mountains. In any case your muscles are doing work to move your body and joints through a pattern.
You can imagine those muscles working together like a team to get you into that warrior pose or to heave that barbell overhead. And as with any team, if someone doesn’t show up to the game or is having a bad day then the team and the result suffer.
Worse off, the other players on the team get run into the ground because they are having to do the work of the ineffective or absent players.
So when was the last time you or your trainer checked to see if you were qualified to do that BOSU squat or that walking lunge? As infants and toddlers we earn every new movement that we develop and then we own it. We qualify ourselves for movement by going through the prerequisites first.
Now as adults, most of us have fallen back a grade or two. We have lost our natural born mobility from years of too much sitting and consequently have lost any legitimate stability as well. Yet still we don’t give a second thought to trying out that cool looking exercise that we saw or God forbid our trainer saw on YouTube.
So before you try the next trendy exercise fad ask yourself, “Is there something that should come before this?”