Quick backstory; for over 10 years when someone asked me what I did for a living my response was, "Drug Dealer." This was just a cool way to say I was in pharmaceutical sales. We have medicine today that is made to take care of many of the health issues humans face. I have family members that swear by the pill their doctor prescribed in helping them with a particular disease or ailment. I'm sure you do as well. Unfortunately there are times pills are used to address a particular symptom and not deal with the underlying issue. In addition, taking a pill sometimes leads to side effects that need to be addressed by prescribing yet another pill. Cue the music...the never ending cycle has begun.
The funny thing is that I went into that industry with the intention and goal of trying to help people, but stayed for 10 years because of the comfort a steady paycheck provides. Does that story sound familiar? There was some initial fear and anxiety, but becoming a full-time fitness professional has been the best possible choice I could make.
At Wah Lum FIT, our mission is to empower people with the knowledge to move proficiently, achieve strength and take control of their health for life. What is the first step of taking control of YOUR health? MOVE YOUR BODY!
We are designed as humans to adapt to our environment and that means we were literally made to move and move well. When your body doesn't do what it was designed to do it adapts. It start falling apart, shutting down because that is what the new paradigm is. There is no malice behind what the body does. It is simply adapting as best it can to the environment it finds itself in. "Oh, we are sitting 10 plus hours a day now? Cool, we are going to be the BEST at doing nothing!"
Kelly Starrett, author of the book Becoming a Supple Leopard has a great solution for this. Start with just 15 minutes a day addressing any faults or issues you have. He calls it homework. For a weekend warrior this may mean working on stretching those tight hip flexors in order to get into a deeper and safer squat. Here is an example.
For those that are just starting a movement practice after years of sedentary living it might mean a 15 minute walk after lunch or dinner. The point is that everyone has at least 15 minutes to work on themselves. If you say that you don't, you're lying to yourself. Those 15 minutes can grow to 30 minutes, to an hour.
Let me put it one other way. One hour is 1/24 of your day. 5% of your day. Is your health worth 5% of your day? If it is, then moving for an hour a day could be just what your body needs.
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Oscar and the Wah Lum FIT Team
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