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The importance of ‘movement’.
Every day I hear our industry talk about how important weight and resistance training is to people. I’m not going to detract from that or offer a differing view. Resistance training is incredible and what it can bring to the fray with respect to compositional improvements, health and wellness is unsurpassed. Now some of you may disagree with that statement but with the exception of astronauts everything we do IS resistance training.
Now take one look at an astronaut after a stint in zero gravity or removing a plaster off a damaged limb and you’ll probably grasp that.
Again, this is hardly evidence for my argument but the purpose of what I’m writing here isn’t to proverbially fight the corner of resistance training.
People undervalue ‘movement’ in my view.
I’ve been travelling quite a lot of late and we’re a very active family. Over the past two trips covering between 7-9 miles walking per day and the odd gym session and period of time on bikes in amongst that.
Odd times, due to a poor selection of clothing or footwear and the day become a little uncomfortable. In some cases painful. Blisters, chaffing, back soreness etc.
Now for one second take a moment and regard that us spouting that ‘people need to eat less and move more’ is a very valid statement but again in true industry fashion.
No one addresses how someone if going to actually do it and enjoy it to the extent it becomes a habit.
Enjoying it or finding it quantifiably rewarding being two huge elements to someone actually continuing to do it.
We need to present solutions to assist people to do these things. Not just telling them the obvious in dismissive fashion. For those of you on the science side of things you’ll be aware of the impact NEAT (non-exercise activity Thermogenesis) plays on our total output. Even in comparison to EAT (exercise activity thermogenesis), the stuff you may do in the gym NEAT kills it!!
What do very lean and muscular people do when they’ve ran out of options to remove that last stubborn bit of bodyfat?
They increase their NEAT (low impact non stressful movement).
The irony is the people moaning about ‘stubborn’ fat don’t train as hard as these people consistently. They also have lower NEAT. Why? Because they’ve habitually got used to expending less and less energy. Two reasons why.
It’s uncomfortable, its actually uncomfortable physically and it’s socially awkward for people to do something they feel they’ll be judged for doing.
As they increase bodyweight they shift the metabolic stress to a higher ratio of mechanical stress therefore burning less cals, lowering cardiovascular stress and therefore lowering cardiovascular fitness whilst adapting more to being able to just move their entire bodyweight places.
One of the priorities in any weight loss regime especially in overweight populations is ‘movement’. Simply getting people to consistently move more is an enormous thing!!!