Exercising programs are generally started because people are told they must.  “Exercise is something you should do.” 

I have seen so many people make the mistake of exercising just 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 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 for free 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 with our clients on.  For I continue enhancing my Physical Literacy as well. 

At first glance, a simple definition may seem that Physical Literacy is understanding how your body works and using this information during movement But Physical Literacy is so much more.  Imagine a diamond mine filled with gems. Physical Literacy is a whole diamond mine with endless jewels 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, or wants it.  Understanding our bodies creates more awareness, concentration, and precision in our movement; yet, imakes up only a small portion of Physical Literacy. It is not usually a good starting point.  Memorizing Latin names is intimidating for most people, and it certainly does not get you moving 

Movement is where you start to mine the jewels. We build around the fun of the movement.  Come mine the jewels with me in the next four Blogs on Physical Literacy.  Prepare to mine the jewels when exercising at Living Well Pilates.