The Good Ole’ Days
Remember the carefree summer days of your childhood? You’d jump out of bed with enthusiasm, ready for whatever adventure presented itself. The world was full of possibility and so were you. You didn’t think twice about hopping on your bike to race to your best friend’s house. When you arrived, you’d kick off your shoes and run through the sprinkler until you were too hungry to continue. After a quick lunch, it was time to head to the park, usually until you were called home for dinner.
Family vacations were fun-filled, non-stop activity - like this trip to Florida's Parrot Jungle in the mid-1970s. That's me as a fearless parrot whisperer - ready to jump into whatever adventure presented itself.
You didn’t have to think about your posture, proper knee alignment when bending your legs, shoes to support your weak arches, or range of motion in your joints. You just did what came naturally to you - you moved. A lot.
What About Now?
How’s your body feeling these days? Do you still jump out of bed and run around in your bare feet? Likely not - as most adults report some form of muscular and/or joint pain. Even though our bodies have evolved to be physically active, many of us don’t move enough during the day. Who knew that the industrial revolution would precipitate such a polar shift in our activity levels. As society has advanced, the technological changes have altered our lifestyles dramatically. More people spend most of their waking hours immobile, in a seated position: sitting during the morning and evening commutes, sitting at a desk, slouched on the couch in the evenings - binge watching our favourite shows on demand. Here’s what NASA Research Scientist and author of “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals”, Dr. Joan Vernikos, says about our lifestyle: “Nothing speeds up brain atrophy like immobilization. And here we are, an entire population voluntarily immobilizing itself with its sedentary, comfort-oriented lifestyle.”
Getting Back to Normal - Heard of ESSENTRICS?
Two-time World Squash Champion, Jonathon Power, has been practising ESSENTRICS™ for years. This is what he says about the program, “ESSENTRICS brings me back to when I didn’t have to think of my body.”
It’s a brilliantly simple, yet effective, technique that is used in ESSENTRICS: extensive movement throughout the workout to rebalance the entire body. The movements in ESSENTRICS mimic movements in daily life: we reach, we twist, we turn, we bend forward, we bend back, we lift, we push, we pull, and we carry. We are in constant motion - a tremendous salve for the increasingly sedentary world. This is a program that enables your body to move fluidly and effortlessly in your daily life and all your activities; ESSENTRICS offers a fundamental level of true fitness. ESSENTRICS will help you get back to normal - whatever your normal is.
So don't just sit there, get up and move! ESSENTRICS is just what the doctor ordered - non-impact, full-body rebalancing that can be practiced anywhere, no special equipment needed. Got 10 minutes to spare? Then check out some ESSENTRICS mini workouts; you'll thank me later.
Amanda Sterczyk is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM), an Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) Fitness Professional, and a Certified Essentrics® Instructor. She offers in-home personal training in central Ottawa. Amanda specializes in helping older adults maintain and increase strength, flexibility, and mobility. No fitness goal is too small, in her opinion.