You were like “my brain has had enough, lets go play!” What happened? At what point did moving become “work”?
Here are my 2 guesses. The 1st time was probably noticeable in PE when you were asked to do something physical, and you found out you weren’t very good at it. The school system we have in place teaches us that mistakes are bad, and failure is a bad thing. So our self image takes damage, and we start associating exercise with feeling bad.
My suspicion is actually that this process started on day 1 of school (or even earlier…). The human body is designed to move, a lot, everyday, all day. We are not physiologically normal (read healthy) in the absence of gravity resisted movement. You can think about this as the basic amount of strength it takes to live without pain and strain. So what has actually happened is that the longer we sit uninterrupted, the more our bodies literally rust in place.
Yes, your body started rusting the moment you got your butt parked in a stationary spot. Whether you began this process in school, or earlier at home with your parents sitting you in front of the TV to shut you up. When your muscles are still, little spider webs of connective tissue start “gluing” your muscles together. Daily movement breaks up these “rusty spots”. If its been longer, your body senses discomfort, effort, work, and finally pain.
So when you tried climbing the rope, dodging the ball, or running around the track, you realized that you’d lost a step. And as an adult who hasn’t moved in 30-50 years…
So now you are out of shape and don’t know where to start, right?
Exercise, which should be play (recess from work) is now at best a “work out” which you have to force yourself to do. It sucks, and the best case scenario is that you manage to burn off a little stress and a few calories. Not a bad thing at all – sometimes you do need that. But it doesn’t solve the problem of why you are out of shape and hurting to begin with!
You need to practice moving better to feel better. Not judging yourself. Not trying to lose weight. Not doing it because you’re supposed to. Play happens because there’s fun to be had. What we try to teach at our personal training studio is how to move well again, so you feel better every day than the one before.
You need to have goals, and you also need to have some compassion for yourself. Set short term process goals (I’m committing to do XX for the next 2 weeks), but keep your eyes on these 2 critical considerations. How long do you want to be healthy, and why not have fun doing it?
Totally New You is dedicated to helping our clients to move better so they can feel better. Yes, we will help you lose pounds and inches, and gain some fat burning lean muscle. But more importantly we want to re-introduce your to your own body, and get Healthier every day. GOT HEALTH?