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When I was just 16 years old I worked the front desk at the local gym. Every morning at 7AM Calvin would check in with a huge smile on his face. I worked at that gym as front desk attendant, then group fitness instructor, and personal trainer before leaving for college. Almost everyday I was there I saw Calvin.
Upon graduating college, I returned to the gym to workout and there was Calvin with a huge smile on his face.
Just last month while visiting my hometown I worked out at that same gym, and guess who was there....Calvin!
Calvin is now 82 years old. He is in great health, happy, and energetic. His secret is simple. Never stop moving.
Movement is Freedom
Think of all the amazing things your body does for you on a daily basis. To move is a total privilege and it's medicine.
Movement keeps your joints healthy. Unlike muscles joints do not have a direct blood supply. They need movement to get nutrition. You want those knees and hips to last a lifetime.
Movement can boost your mood. It literally changes your brain chemistry making you happier and more optimistic.
Movement makes you smarter. We learn with our entire body. Learning new moves and new skills builds new neural networks.
Think of movement as a way to code your nerve networks. “Neurons with the most connections, an average of 300,000, are located in the cerebellum, the primary movement center of the brain.” A variety of exercises that present unique challenges will code your body and brain for high level functionality. By providing your body and brain with new information you are literally upgrading yourself!
Why You Shouldn't Leave Out Cardio: A 2014 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that aerobic training significantly increases the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
Movement builds confidence. When you push yourself and progress physically you are truly progressing mentally. You change your habits, cultivate greater will power, and literally transform from the inside out.
MOVE BECAUSE YOU CAN
When I was a kid I had a terrible speech impediment and attended a special ed program at a young age. Nearly all of the other kids were in wheel chairs. They couldn't move. At that age I didn't understand why things were the way they were, but I do remember feeling very sad for them. From a very young age movement became super important to me not to just to be a great athlete or look a certain way, but because there is pure joy in movement and it's a total gift. For more see Grateful for Dirty Worn Out Shoes
Move...not just because it is good for you. Move because you can. Move with gratitude. Movement is a path towards liberation.
Mobility is a prerequisite for movement. As a functional range conditioning mobility specialist and trainer I help people build a strong foundation for movement and training first, because practice doesn't make progress unless you practice correctly. It doesn't matter how you can bench or squat if your technique is faulty, because you could do more harm than good in the long run. Mobility limitations can hold you back or you may end up with injuries down the line.
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