Hey folks. I just wanted to drop a quick line today to talk about how we view exercise and what a workout is. I think we have a faulty way of viewing this. At their core, workouts are periods of movement. In the west, we view these as opportunities to get really sweaty, push ourselves hard and get “swole” or maybe “toned” or “fit”.
I think we need to re-frame this. I think we need to look at things more through the lens of our “workouts” becoming periods of maintaining our bodies through movement. And I think this should happen daily.
Wait, did you say daily? Aren’t you supposed to take time off from exercise to rest muscles and stuff?
Yup, daily. Now the intensity of these periods of movement can and should vary. Some days should involve picking up heavy stuff. Some days should involve getting your heart rate up and getting a little red faced. Some days should involve just working your joints through deep ranges of motion. But the common factor in all of it, is that you are moving.
The Bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Understand that your body was made to move. Understand that a machine that was designed to move isn’t going to do well with just three days a week of “exercise”. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want you to quit your three weekly visits to the gym. I want you to expand your idea of what healthy movement looks like and don’t confine it to the gym.
We don’t, or shouldn’t, confine our relationship to our Creator to just one day a week on a Saturday night or Sunday morning service. That relationship is supposed to permeate our lives, filter how we view the world. We shouldn’t confine the maintenance of our bodies, this gift from that Creator, to just a couple of times a week in a gym. It should be a part of our daily life, like brushing our teeth. Think of it like you would a devotional. For those of you that aren’t familiar with that term, a devotional is a passage involving scripture that helps you to work on your relationship to God. They are like daily bible studies. So consider this a movement devotional.
Ok, so I can’t even make it to the gym for those three visits a week. How am I supposed to do this daily maintenance that you are talking about?
Again, we have to re-frame how this looks. I’m not saying that we have to spend an hour a day on moving. Start with 10 minutes. Try planks and bearcrawls on some days. Do kettlebell swings and squat thrusts on others. Hit the foam roller on the days that you’re not doing the other stuff.
Now, I’m not saying that this will get you the miraculous before and after pics that we see in magazines and supplement commercials. But this is a place to start moving better. It’s a place to move well. Pavel Tsatsouline, founder of Strongfirst, has been known to say that “If it flies right, it looks right.” What he means is that if it moves the way it’s supposed to, it will look the way it’s supposed to. There’s a reason a ferrari looks the way it does and a dump truck looks the way it does. They both move the way they are supposed to respectively. I tell you this because, if you move well, you will look like you move well. And if you move well, then those before and after pictures (if that’s your goal) will be easier to attain. Hope this makes sense. Have a great day!
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