Exercising programs are generally started because people are told they must and this is the way to do it. “Exercise is something you should do.”
I have seen so many people make the mistake of approaching exercise this way, because they were told to do it. “It will be good for you.” They have been led to believe if they discipline themselves with exercising, their body will transform to their dream image and all will be right in their life. But with this “have-to, hard-edge approach,” in the short run, they generally hate it and end up quitting, or in the long run, suffer through, hurt themselves, and then quit.
Being told to “Just do it! Move it, throw it, kick it, swing it! Lift, push, pull, squat, lunge, plank, crunch, run, jump, stretch then relax. Just do it!” does not equate to optimum fitness. It does not automatically set up good movement in your body nor does it prepare you to continue to meet the demands of your daily life.
I have listened to many tell me their stories, about having tread down that dismissal path to failure. This is all backwards. I have decided to put together a series of informational writings, audios, and videos that will highlight a better approach. The approach we take at Living Well Pilates.
Our purpose at Living Well Pilates is to empower each of our clients to move well and live to the best of our abilities. We implement Physical Literacy into our studio environment to assist our clients in moving well and living to our best. It is a journey we travel on with our clients. For I also continue enhancing my own Physical Literacy as well.
At first glance, a simple definition may seem that Physical Literacy is understanding how your body works and using that information during movement. But Physical Literacy is so much more. Imagine an spacious, beautiful field filled with gems. Physical Literacy is a whole field with endless gems to discover.
It is true that knowing anatomy and physiology has benefits. Our classes and privates do include this knowledge to the extent each client needs, and wants it. Understanding our bodies in this way may create more awareness, concentration, and precision in our movement; yet, it makes up only a small portion of the Physical Literacy field. It is not usually a good starting point. Movement is. Memorizing Latin names is intimidating for most people, and it certainly does not get you moving.
Movement is where you start to mine the gems and polish them to see their brilliance. We build our physical literacy around the fun of the movement. Come mine the gems with me in the next blogs on Physical Literacy.