Don’t get me wrong. Physical Activity and Exercise have incredible benefits…..when done in synch within your capacities to respond and adapt positively to a demand, or load (used in scientific literature as a measure of “workload”).
The benefits of physical activity and exercise are well documented as investigators compare these to inactive, or sedentary, lifestyles. Across the board there are great improvements in health markers. And most of these references are from very controlled physical activity environments and variables, for a short period of time. It isn’t til recently have there been long-range observations of populations and lifestyles to really see what happens outside the short time in a laboratory setting. And these are highlighting the great benefits of physical activity.
Notice I say – physical activity.
Physical Activity is often defined in general populations as not sedentary. Each person observed had a regular walking activity during each day of the long-range time observed. They participated in regular physical activity – walking, gardening, dancing, and other outside activities involving their joys of moving about on their feet. This is physical active, NOT exercise.
Many confuse the two terms. We as a species, with two legs are built and organized to move….on our feet.
Exercise is a different activity, as defined by the language. It is a load, a stressor, for the purpose of creating a change in the body. The challenge is if there are negative impacts – unhealthy breathing habits, stiff joints, and a driven mind – one can promote a negative outcome to the stressor, and thus leading to strain on the system….ALL systems. The main four that you might begin to experience are:
- Muscle, Tendon, Joint – aches and pains, even injury if the accumulation of strain is not addressed.
- Cardiopulmonary Malfunctions – heart rhythm issues, shortness of breath, loss of stamina – the main culprit here is too high intensity for too many times. And intensity is not measured by how good you feel after….you need more direct feedback about how the body responded.
- Loss of Motivation – often associated with the body-mind’s ability to continue the want because of many factors – not progressing like you want, difficulty in doing, or too much time, and internal brakes that the body is trying to get you to stop strain it that then the mind says “what? why?”
- Loss of Sleep Quality – disturbances and lack of good quality are signs the body is too strained.
Good measurable feedback helps you understand yourself better and bring some guardrails to the driver behind the wheel of exercising. It is a major factor in staying healthy is exercising well for what capacities you have. Does not help to stress a stressed body-mind complex.
Why? Because this re-occurring circumstances with the people who seek help and guidance from me are showing this to me. And very often these clients have seen me after being seen by many clinicians and when shown has never been addressed related to their condition, or setbacks in their fitness and performance progress.
It’s been the primary variables I see over and over again that are limiting a person’s potential for healing, fitness and performance. It has not been identified, understood, addressed or placed importance on what I consider minimal standards for real progress and success.
Here are the top 5 variables:
Acquire the right capacities with the right guidance. Your capacities of Moving and Breathing Well will fundamentally support every activity you do for daily life, recovery and healing, health, fitness and performance.