Lifestyle and Motivation to Exercise
Daily activity for all populations in the U.S. and worldwide continues to decline. Inactive people are becoming less active. Nowadays, use of modern technology and automation requires less movement on a daily basis. According to the fitness industry statistics only 30% of health club members exercise three or more times weekly. Seventy-percent of those people work out only once or twice a week and don’t have any inner desire to become more active.
In her article “Changing Our Tune on Exercise”, Jane Brody, a health writer for The New York Times wrote: “For decades, people have been bombarded with messages that regular exercise is necessary to lose weight, prevent serious disease and foster healthy aging.” While most people think that these goals are important, the vast majority of Americans have thus far failed to get motivated and make the exercise a priority.
Many people set goals to complete a particular distance or time, or a certain frequency—say, exercise three times a week. Only a very small number of people have the discipline to keep it up, but without natural vitality for fitness, the majority is likely will not be able to sustain it.
Fitness, Anatomy and Daily Life
Finding ways to help people develop natural vitality to become active and fit will be of a very high value. A key component of developing fitness vitality is to get a better understanding of functional anatomy and movement. If you are not knowledgeable about the subject how can you be interested in it? The subject is your body that can make your life healthy and enjoyable if you put an effort to learn it.
One of the reasons people lose the desire and don’t have the motivation to exercise because most fitness programs are not connected to the activities of daily life. Functional movement training is the missing link to connect your body and mind to increase your inner desire to move and stay active.
Staying active and getting “some sweat or heart rate up” in a group class or reading a book on a stationary bike it will not develop vitality and inner desire to exercise. Also, it will prevent you from practicing proper functional movement because your brain is not fully engaged to control the body movements.
If the overall health of U.S. population including injuries continue to rise and the lack of proper understanding of functional human anatomy is a significant factor. This problem should not be of concern only to the fitness club members and trainers but more importantly to the health and training organizations.
As a result, if we don’t get a better understanding how a human body is designed to function, we will pay a heavy price as we get older.