This is part 2 on the Importance of Movement. Click here for Part 1.
I want to keep this post short and to the point, read on and learn a little bit about why, and how you should be doing something physical daily : ).
Training your body in one way or another to learn new skills and get stronger and fitter is in my opinion very important to self development. Learning new skills will not only improve your body, but it will increase your brain function, each time you learn a new skill you open up new neurological pathways in your brain.. wooooo!
Secondly if you are low on confidence then it will start to sky rocket when you start to realise what you can achieve, and how good it feels to be fit, healthy and strong, and pushing your body to do things you didn’t know you could.
Your body is obviously very important, and it needs to be looked after to be truely healthy in your life, if you are taking it for granted then take a look at some people who don’t have full use of their bodies anymore. Then think to yourself “Am i really grateful for my body? Do I give it the attention it needs?” The answer for a lot of people out there is no.
Things get in the way for a lot of people, and training comes last. But you have to understand if you sit around a lot, if you don’t train your muscles (including the heart), joints and bones to be agile and strong than it will eventually catch up on you if it hasn’t already done so.
Why do want to go around in life feeling sluggish, overweight or underweight, lacking energy, and not even being able to touch your toes (yes, you should be able to do that) without feeling horrendously tight. Things like squats, barely anyone can do properly now due to tightness in the body caused by sitting, and years of neglect.
How about feeling strong and healthy? Fitter than you have been since you were a kid? How about being fully mobile not having silly aches and pains (apart from ones caused by training ; )) and also knowing that you are truely pushing your body to reach it’s potential. The things it was meant to be able to do.
So the question is… what physical skill have you been wanting to learn? If you don’t have one you have been thinking about yet then have a look around for one, for most there is always something they want to learn that they have seen and thought i’d like to try that but months later still haven’t done. For some it could be a dance, it could be skateboarding, parkour, weight lifting, yoga… it can be anything. Just find something that interests you, something you haven’t done before that will test your brain and body to learn a new skill while getting physically fitter and stronger in the process.
If you are going to make a simple change now then start with these 3 things –
1. Learning a new skill – This keeps your brain, and body alive. It will feel great to achieve things while getting healthier.
2. Mobility – Work on your range of motion. If you don’t know what to do, try get a free session with a Personal trainer, or pay for a personal trainer, and tell them you want to work on getting mobile. Or do your research it’s not rocket science.. take notes and make a little mobility workout you can do each day that takes 10 – 15 minutes. Work out what muscles get tightest when sitting and begin with that.
3. Strength – This means strength of heart and lungs, as well as your muscles. So begin with push ups, pullups, squats – 3 to 5 sets, and cardio exercise (steady state or short/intense). If you don’t normally train than these exercises will give you the kick up the ass you need.. If you do train, they probably still will. Just improvise them to your level.
Thats it, just do those three things, and you will start to feel great after just a few weeks. Welcome the new you.
Don’t over complicate it. Keep it simple. Learn something new. Improve your mobility, and improve your strength.