Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year....Resolve to move BETTER in 2011

Taken straight from the MYOFORCE team :)

This weeks blog is not going to be on your typical New Year's Resolution.

AHH sure everyone resolves to eat better and nearly everyone resolves to exercise more in 2011 than they did in 2010.

I am here to tell you that your first resolution should be to move well first before moving often.

What I mean is having people realize that more often than not the reason why they keep getting on and off the their fitness kicks is largely because they move inefficiently. The old mantra coined by Nike, "Just Do It." is good and all, but just do what? It may be implying that we should just move and that is good...if you can. It should preface, move well first, then move often.
It is obvious that exercise has all the potential in the world to help improve us physically, emotionally and psycho-socially but if there are significant limitations in movements like squatting, lunging, pushing or pulling due to previous injury or deconditioning, the body will take the path of least resistance (the law of facilitation). Eventually this will cause injuries elsewhere and thus cause a person to fall off the band wagon, get discouraged and give up as they have in the past.
To have a fit plan for life, each person needs to know what their respective weakest links are with respect to movement. We all know what are weaknesses are for foods i.e. sweets, junk food etc., but not too many people know what types of movements causing more harm than good. As a result they "play it safe" by starting with a little cardio on the bike or on the treadmill largely because peoples options for movements are limited so we go with boring, mundane exercises that just reinforce bad movements and expedite the process of falling off the fitness bandwagon.
Exercise should invigorate us but instead most people act like hamsters on a wheel for 20 or 30 minutes while they read gossip in the weekly tabloids. Not to say that is a bad thing entirely, but not being cognoscente of what's going on with the different parts of your body while you're moving is setting you up for failure. I'm not saying that you need to be a yogi or Tai Chi guru (ALTHOUGH I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE IT ;), but tuning yourself out and ignoring what your body is telling you is not a good idea. So don't just resolve to go to the gym, resolve to move well first, then move often. Restoring the authentic movement you had when you were younger is not an impossible feat, it simply takes effort and focus. In the long run, you'll be really happy you did.

Happy 2011 Folks ;)


  1. Good to see you back at the keyboard. Happy New Year!!

  2. Great advice. It's so easy to just show up and put things on auto pilot when you are working out. I appreciate the Zen-like advice.


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