Mobility and Movement
It’s all very well talking about structured exercise through resistance training, but one hour makes up just 4% of your day, so what do you do with the rest of your time?
For most of the day in our office at our desks, we are sedentary. Hunched in a seated position, not moving any of our joints or muscles, and not burning any additional calories apart from what your body needs to keep you breathing.
We don’t realise that our bodies have learned to move incorrectly with unusual movement patterns, often due to forward tilting hips, tight hip flexor muscles, shortened hamstrings, and many other problems which have crept up on us silently over many years of unrealised dysfunction.
Through this dysfunction, the brain has disconnected from much of the body, particularly the posterior chain of muscles. You can probably still summon the connection and flex your bicep. But can you still do that to your calf? How about your glutes which are the biggest muscles in your body? Your lats which run down half of your back?
My body had gone so far away from connection with my brain, that I didn’t even know you were supposed to feel your back muscles. Each and every one had atrophied, tightened, shortened, and locked themselves in place to prevent any form of injury happening. This is what the body does for protection to stop you injuring yourself.
It is a truly magical feeling when you begin to piece your body back together so it works how it was supposed to work. And this is why I spend a lot of time teaching mobility drills and muscle activation to reconnect your mind with your muscles.
Along with a loss of muscle connection, we have also lost the ability to play like we did as a kid. To roll around on the floor. To swing from a bar. To jump, hop, skip and play. We did not stop playing because we got old; we got old because we stopped playing.
In addition to mobility, I also teach base functional movement of things you may not have done for many years. Forward rolls. Handstands. Monkey bars. Acrobatic moves which are fun, functional, and which help tremendously to reconnect your mind and muscles.
Lastly, we have our every day movement. Assuming you sleep 8 hours per day, this leaves 112 hours per week when you’re awake. Hitting the gym 3 times per week for 3 hours will burn a few additional calories in those hours, but that still leaves a huge amount of time to play with.
Yes we work and of course we have jobs. But how do you get to work? Do you have breaks at work? How do you spend your lunch time? How do you move from one place to another? How often do you stand up and stretch?
In Hong Kong we always seem to be busy busy busy. So busy we forget about ourselves. We need to build habits into our day which force us to move. Or find ways to go from one place to another without hailing a cab door to door.
I teach ways to burn additional calories within your day without intruding on your time, by developing techniques which are fun, entertaining, and fully transferable wherever you may be.