Have you ever considered where you learned about exercise and fitness?
- Gym class?
- The internet?
- Advice from friends or family who are fit?
- A “fitness expert” on a TV show or in a magazine or book?
- A personal trainer?
Like all types of science, exercise science is constantly evolving. Our understanding of human movement and how it effects health and well-being has expanded tremendously over the past two decades.
Since many of us learned how to exercise from athletics, this approach often sticks with us after we outgrow the sport and are simply training for well-being. The result can be pain, injury, and a draining motivation, due to an approach that simply needs an update for what you want now.
Take a moment to consider what you know about exercise and fitness, where you learned it, and how it is helping you be well now. Is it motivating or de-motivating? Are you doing the type of exercise you have always done, but missing out on other forms, like strength training or stretching? Do you avoid exercise because you don’t have the time or energy right now to do what you used to do?
If something is missing, and you are missing out – you are not alone. Too many are missing out! Only 20% of the US population is meeting the recommendations for exercise. It’s time for an update. In the next few blogs, we will address some of the common myths, missing links, and mindsets left over from an outdated approach to fitness. In the meantime, look at the information you gain from doing our fitness test for well-being and ask yourself, does what I know about exercise now help me to “live life with ease and have energy left over for emergencies and for fun activities?”
Be Well Now,