Movement vs Exercise
Is a fitness class always the answer?
I’m a Pilates and Yoga teacher as you know. I come from a dance background which has created this perception in my mind that I get exercise from attending class. There’s this collective thought, in order to be fit or active, you need to go to Pilates studio or gym. Do we need to spend money all the time so we can move? Is an exercise class always the answer?
I’m not saying we skip our Pilates and Yoga class. They help our bone density, maintain joint range health, keeps those niggles at bay, hydrates connective tissue (myofascia) and promotes mind body connection. I know if I don’t get to class my mind is scatty. I need the quiet, calm intentional movement with breath to keep my mind from being cluttered. Due to the nature of my job, the upper body workout I receive reduces the neck and shoulder tension I get from adjusting clients. Plus I love to challenge my body in new ways. However we can bring additional nourishment into our body in other smaller ways that will accumulate over time.
Movement doesn't have to be 'exercise'. Movement is defined as 'an act of moving'. Even as you're scrolling with your thumb on your phone you are creating movement. Moving your body through it's full joint range everyday is the best thing you can do but if you're doing Pilates only once per week and it is the only time you're moving through your full range of motion, it isn't enough.
“Moving your body through it's full joint range everyday is the best thing you can do but if you're doing Pilates only once per week and it is the only time you're moving through your full range of motion, it isn't enough.”
Here’s a few tips to bring movement into daily life:
When you take your children to the park, why not hang on the monkey bars with them? Walking is one the most natural things we do in our lives.
Get off at the bus/train 10 minutes away from work/home.Walk up the hill instead of taking an easier route.Walk to the shops when you run out staple items during the week.
Instead of meeting friend’s at a cafe to catch up, suggest a walk/swim. I love a good walk 'n talk!
Squat down to pick up things from the ground.
Sit on the ground while watching TV. You'll find you'll need to adjust your sitting position every few minutes. This is good as you're bringing more end range into your joints!