The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine when suddenly he said something that got me thinking. After months living in the mountains, far from the heat and the active life of San Diego he’s finally back to his hometown. It is true that a good weather can helps us workout more often, for instance, going for a hike, a walk or a bike ride. But we can say that the majority of the people nowadays is too busy working extra hours, living a hectic life, mostly seated in front of their computers and it really doesn’t matter what type of weather the likelihood is that they won’t workout like they should.
If you fit in that category I can only encourage you to start practicing a physical activity as soon as possible. You don’t need to sign up for a Crossfit boot camp right away, but how about taking 15 minutes of your day to start stretching or maybe going for a walk? Just by moving your body and releasing the tension between joints and muscles it is a good start already. You can always stretch at home or you can choose any type of training that you like and just give it a try. Day after day this simple practice can improve your daily habits and in time your body will be asking for more – “A body in motion stays in motion” – that means your metabolism keeps working even after training. Isn’t it great? So here’s the deal: first of all in order to change your habits you have to understand your body’s needs. In that matter, my good friend and personal trainer, Pedro Brandão*, has a broaden view of physical activities, he points out that “everything that changes our behavior consequently affects the way we move.” He further explains that “the more we adhere to the modern life habits, the more we lose the ability or the capacity to move around.” Based on his studies and professional background the logic behind every new training should be: assessing, rectifying and then strengthening, not the opposite.
For Brandão “It’s more rewarding to practice activities that help us move our whole body integrally than targeting only one group of muscles.” And he adds “When in doubt, it’s better asking for professional support to help you recognize your body’s needs, and not only doing what is trendy. Our daily life has changed our habits. Our habits has changed the way we move and the same happened to our posture. If we want to have long lasting results we need to assess and workout accordingly to our needs in an integrative and safe way.”
* Pedro Brandão currently works as a personal trainer at Reebok Sports Club in Sao Paulo (Brasil). If you want to know more about his work, take a look at his Instagram profile @pedroalexandre.