How You Should Exercise
For long term sustainable health, you need to exercise in the same way you need to eat food, that is in just the right amount. If you exercise too much you risk injury and damage, too little and your body degenerates and atrophies.
Work With Your Body, Not Against It
As we grow older our body’s repair mechanisms get slower (or should that be the other way around?) and we begin to take longer to recover. Slowly the level of wear exceeds the ability to repair. The direction has been set.
You need to have a relationship with your body and a responsibility to listen to how it reacts to how you treat it and to the health exercises you are doing. By allowing and encouraging your body’s own repair ability to re-fire up, and by working with your body and not against it, you set a different direction.
Stiffness and daily aches and pains, which are so common as you get older, don’t arrive suddenly overnight. Just like the health equivalent of a death by a thousand cuts, they sneak up gradually with a bad back here, a damaged knee there, a torn muscle or a sport injury that never quite healed.
Sometime in our 50s and 60s, we realise we need to re-engage and do more exercise, but we return to using the same model of muscle tightening and impact exercises we used in our youth. The problem is this type of exercise isn’t suited to an older body. This modality simply doesn’t work as you grow older. If it did work, why are older people so blighted by tight and binding muscles and stiff joints despite their best efforts to keep fit?
Muscle Stiffness Afflicts Most People
You need to exercise just enough so you can comfortably do all the normal things you need to do. Simple as that. You just need muscles that move easily, joints that move freely, strong ligaments and bones that hold you up. Having large muscles, being able to run a marathon, do the splits or to touch your toes may be needed for a sports person, gymnast or dancer, but it isn’t the measure of a normal healthy older body.
The exercise best suited to older bodies has three components:
The first is to do exercise movements designed to unwind tension, release, loosen and unwind tightness in your body. This is essential if you are to have a comfortable body.
The next component is to do movements which connect up and integrate your body to work as a single unit. What do I mean by that? If you have ever tried to put a 3 year child into a stroller or buggy when they don’t want to go, then you already know what a connected and integrated body feel like! They haven’t been at the gym, or doing fitness routines, but the power of their connected body is clear. Their mind extends and fuses with their body when they want or don’t want to achieve something. But otherwise they are soft and relaxed.
That ability never goes away. It’s just that it gets lost and overridden as we develop a strong youthful body and we take on the stresses of life. The second step therefore is to re-engage with your body’s natural movement by learning smooth powerful movements designed to connect and integrate and fill your body.
Thirdly, you start to focus your mind’s intent when you exercise and when you move. That is to say you become present when you exercise. You feel your feet on the ground, feel the muscles in your body twist, feel yourself breathing. Focusing and feeling all your tissues, muscles joints, ligaments and tendons being bathed and lubricated in the healing energy rich inner ocean of your body engages your body’s own repair modality.
Following these exercise maxims will help you to move well and keep active as you age without overtaxing your body or risking injury.
The Reasons Why Our Students Love These Movements
- They work!
- They are enjoyable to practice
- You can do it anytime, anywhere – all you need is your body!
- It’s super-efficient – if you are short on time, then this is the exercise for you!
- These movements challenge your mind and body, the magic happens from the inside.
- These movements create a feeling of relaxation and increased energy, in turn leaving you calmer and feeling more vibrant.
- When we feel healthy, we feel happy, and create a happier, healthier and nicer person to be around.
- You can use then to recover from injury, just as easily as for regular maintenance.
You have a practical “toolbox” of movements to undo tightness and ease aches and daily pains, so they don’t set into your body.
Move Well To Live Well As You Grow Older
Get Your First Lesson Free
We can help you train your body using smooth powerful movements to live a happier healthier life in a more comfortable body, and in this course, we show you guided step by step exercise movements, no matter who you are or what you do, whether you are young and fit, ready to start again, or just beginning to feel the tell-tale signs of growing older.
To get started, sign up for free to access the shoulder mobility exercise. If you like it and want more, enrol for all 26 movements that will help you with everything you need to increase your range of mobility, strengthen your body, reduce tightness and binding, easy everyday aches and pains, mindful movements and even get better sleep. You will be guided through them, step by step, in three levels of increasing complexity, leading to smooth comfortable integrated movement sets of optimum health.