Are you moving?

Are you moving?

Very often, I hear: “I am on this diet or that diet,” “this food group is bad for you but that food group is good for you”. This week, I have been asked at least 5 times: how many calories can I lose by doing this yoga flow?” How have we become so rigid with our food choices? How many times have we justified our overeating by exercising the next day? Does’t this sound like a punishment for enjoying food a little too much? We approach our exercising plan the same way we approach our dieting plans? We do not eat for breakfast, eat very little for lunch and then complete the day with a big dinner wondering why it is so difficult to fall asleep and why I am not losing weight? Does it sound familiar? The same with exercising, most of us are sitting (or standing is the new version of sitting) glued to the computer using the same repetitive motions over and over again, then completing our day with a high intensity exercises, later wondering why my body is hurting so much?

During my studies with the Restorative Exercise Institute, founded by Katy Bowman who is an expert of the body movement, I have learned that moving and exercising are pretty different concepts. We have about 300 joints in our body but due to our limited movements throughout the day we only use a small number of them and mostly in the same joints. By adding high intensity exercises a few times a week, we again use the same joints because most exercises have the same routines. What do we do for the rest of the day? Some joints get stronger at the cost of other joins that are getting weaker. Having strong, regularly used parts next to under (or overused) weak ones can actually increase tissue damage by creating a natural stress riser. I have a lot of friends who are addicted to exercising and constantly hurting. I remember those days myself. Of course, there is nothing wrong with exercising and it is highly encouraged but how about adding more movement throughout the day instead of planning a whole hour at the gym three times a week?

Movement can be pretty small for wakening up smaller joints in the body. For example, have you ever tried to lift one toe at a time? What? Yes, it is possible. Our feet alone have 25 bones and 33 joints. How many times do we move them throughout the day? Why is it so difficult to take 1 minute break every 1 hour away from the computer to move your body in a different way to spice up other joints that have not been utilized? I challenge you setting your alarm to go off every 60 minutes for one minute of different movements. CAN YOU DO IT?

Can we be healthy if we only ate one type of nutrient every day? We need a variety of nutrients from various food groups for the optimal health and body nourishment! It is the same with movement – we need to move as many different joints as we can every day for the optimal health. Have you noticed that a runner does not usually feel comfortable walking because it requires different muscles that have been weakened.

Katy Bowman writes: “Replacing all-day movement with intense bouts of exercise is an inappropriate prescription for health. You have to eat a certain amount of kcal’s and nutrients too, but you would not eat an entire day’s worth of energy in one hour, or only eat three hours per week, would you?”

Join my movement plan and share yours. Continued.