This Year Exercise less by Katy Bowman

Posted: January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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As you all know I am a proponent of exercising based upon movement principles.  In essence work smart, not hard.  Too often people go to the gym and crush themselves in hopes of making up for other poor lifestyle choices.  This is ineffective for a couple of reasons.  For one, you are building physiological adaptations on a cracked foundation.  It is only a matter of time before the house caves in (see Derek Rose).  Also, exercise is a stressor and we are bombarded with other… stressors that we ignore.  This added stress of 4-6 intense workouts a week can throw us further down the rabbit hole.  We need to exercise the fundamental movement basics in the gym and then apply those learned skills by being more physically active day to day.  We sit in class to learn about math, and science.  Think of the gym as the classroom for your nervous system and skeleton to learn to move together in a way that will limit pain and disease.  This article by Katy Bowman is fantastic and explains the importance of moving more throughout the day.  If you decide to follow her great advice learning bracing techniques when standing can make a standing work station more effective, and then applying bracing techniques to a squatting position when we sit can further the movement quality of our lives.

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