Movement in Your Everyday Life
The other day, we wrote a blog on movement training and the importance of integrating it into your training program. In case it didn’t hit home, here is a real-life example of how important movement is in your everyday life.
This is the story of Denise: can you relate to her?
A Day in the Life of Denise
Close your eyes and imagine Denise…
Denise is 35 years old and is the mother of two young and active children. She works for a large oil and gas company where she’s the director of the human resources department. At home, she enjoys cooking and being present for her family as much as possible. She is a very active participant in her children’s lives and is committed to driving them to all of their activities (swimming and guitar lessons). On top of all this, she also captains her volleyball team.
Denise sounds like an everyday superhero, doesn’t she? But, she’s not. We all live some variation of this life.
Let’s go back to Denise’s life for a moment: every day of her life, she performs hundreds, if not thousands, of movements.
Let’s break down a typical day in the life of Denise: which of these movements can you relate to?
- Before leaving for work, she lunges down, picks up her children one at a time, presses them high overhead and, in a very controlled manner, puts them back down for a huge hug.
- During work, she comes and goes from her desk, running from meeting to meeting. When she gets back to her desk, she’s conscious to not plop down into her chair. Instead, she squats down carefully into it – workplace safety!
- After work, she rapidly prepares dinner to ensure that her kids aren’t late for their activities. She rotates to the right to turn on the stove. She rotates to the left to fill her pot with water. She reaches overhead to grab a stack of plates. She pulls the fridge door open and hinges over to grab tomatoes from the crisper.
- Later that evening, after her kids are tucked away, she races off to her volleyball game. During her game, she spends a large amount of time in a low isometric squat, ready to absorb that giant smash. At other times, she squats low and, with energy surging through her legs, transfers this power through her core as she launches high into the air, and reaches high overhead for a crushing block.
She Moves, We Move, We All Move
When her life is broken down in this manner, it may seem like an over-exaggeration. But it really isn’t. Her life, just as yours, is full of movement. But, the real point is she, just like you, repeats the same movements (or some variation of the same movements) over and over. And just like you, she doesn’t have to think about which movement she’s going to perform next. She just does them. With so much movement, can you see the importance of proper movement? All it really takes is one poor movement repeated over and over to eventually cause aches, pains, and injury. Can you afford to take that chance?
Denise is no superhero. You live some variation of Denise’s life – full of core engaging, full body movements.
If you missed the last blog on movement training and the importance of integrating it into your training program, you can read it here.