Energy comes before training and as a result of training.
I used to train my hardest no matter how I felt. Though highs bit a lot of lows, I’d push myself just to get my daily (often high intensity) training in. If I saw myself today back then, I’d laugh at how little I train nowadays, and with better results! Yes, it’s still every day. But I no longer push myself to run everyday and later hammer it out at the gym. I skate, climb, trail run or walk in nature at least once a week, dance and do a fairly unstructured workout at a nearby park each day. And I do some sort of mobility workout each day too. They’re all feel good workouts.
I no longer think of myself as exercising or training. I move because I love how it makes me feel and it seems to make sense, and with those combined comes an overall sense of accomplishment and rightness in both my mind and body.
Our bodies are designed to move. And most of us don’t move nearly as much or as well as we should, and when we do move, we do the same repetitive movement a lot – like running or working out at gyms, swimming laps or riding a bike.
But when we do move, we feel good! Who doesn’t feel that they’re doing themselves some good when exercising? And what about that feel good after? Actually for 48hours after while EPOC (exercise post oxygen consumption) makes it’s beneficial way through every cell of our body. And so does the feel good then, right?!
Baseline movement patterns have risen. ‘Fitness’ is moving towards a ‘movement culture’ and it’s about how your body can perform when confronted with both the known and unknown. Movement is becoming more – your potential – and your potential for feeling good, more so than ever.
Traditional strength training (barbells, kettlebells) isn’t superior to bodyweight based training (gymnastics, acrobatics). Both can serve a valuable purpose in a training program. Weight training of course uses weights, body weight uses physics to increase the resistance your body can overcome. We rely on the sameness, known, traditional ways to ‘train’ maybe as a way of protecting ourselves, knowing we’ll be doing what we should, lifting what someone else lifted, using a corrective that worked for another, exercising because we should rather than because we could. Because movement, locomotive and mobility flows can have you experimenting with ways you could move, moving parts that haven’t and feeling better in places you’d never thought to.
Getting back to basics like crawling, climbing, rolling, just moving your body in movements that may or may not be simple for you, there’s a feeling of awareness and task oriented challenge. And it’s humbling, frustrating and exciting to explore new realms of movement. The first few sessions, you’ll probably suck, feel uncoordinated, lost in space and frustrated with how ‘easy’ it seems it should be. But your body is an adaptation machine so sit back and watch as you and your body become smarter together.
There’s a realm of physical training that exists beyond fixating on sets, reps, weight lifted, and racing the clock. Modern life has us stuck in positions that we do not thrive in. Let’s break those and learn to use our bodies to their full potential: our bodies are designed to move freely, to feel good.
Make feeling good a priority.