- National Strength and Conditioning Association | Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- National Academy of Sports Medicine | Performance Enhancement Specialist
- United States Soccer Federation | “A” License Coach
Dr. Matt Reuschle, PT, DPT
Why Movement Matters
As a child, movement stimulates the development of memory, perception, language, attention, emotions, and decision making. Our world is defined by movement. The more we move, the larger our world. Our capacity to learn and grow builds upon the foundation set by movement. Take a moment to think about the difference that learning to walk made in your life. All of a sudden you could see the objects on top of tables, in a moment you could move from one side of a room to the other side.
Movement continues to play a foundational role in your happiness, perception, emotions, and intellect as an adult. Research has found that exercise can increase your capacity to learn and to concentrate. In fact, one of the best times to make difficult decisions, take a test, or learn a new skill is after a workout. Movement stimulates your brain to pay attention and brings clarity.
However, as adults, we usually move much less than we did as children. Honestly, at times I feel it just may not be possible to move as much as my six-year-old who literally wiggles himself to sleep. With all that we know about movement and its effect on our lives, we should feel obligated to purposefully include movement into our routine. But, most of us include exercise as an afterthought, or as a hobby.
Purposeful movement should be a priority in the adult life of every person. How could it not be?
We know the main risk factors for cancer, heart disease, and a myriad of other illnesses are smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise. Each of these factors, we have control over and purposeful movement directly addresses two of these and indirectly affects the third. In addition, purposeful movement will focus our minds and make us better professionals, better decision-makers.
Purposeful movement will bring with it confidence and mental fitness and endurance. Purposeful movement increases our happiness directly through hormonal benefits and indirectly through accomplishment and an improved appearance. We owe it to ourselves to move with purpose, to exercise in such a way that we stimulate our bodies to adapt to the stress of lifting heavy things and moving our bodies rapidly and for sustained periods of time.
Movement will increase your lifespan while making your life worth living. If there is a better reward combo for anything else you can do in life I haven’t found it. It’s time for you to make a decision, right now, to move more. It’s time for you to prioritize the quality and quantity of life through movement.
How do you make movement a priority? You are busy and stressed, you are in pain or weak, you are tired and have trouble sleeping. How are you going to motivate yourself to move more? You don’t.
You hire someone to help you.
When it comes to motivation, life change, and success, nothing is better than having a helping hand. You need someone in your corner to guide you and be there to motivate you when you aren’t motivated yourself. Hiring a guide confirms an investment. Having paid for something is one of the greatest motivators for following through. It needs to feel like an investment, want to know why you never went to your $30 per month gym? It’s because it was so cheap it didn’t hurt when you didn’t go. I bet you take care of your $20,000 car. Hiring a guide brings accountability. Working out alone is one of the quickest ways to stop working out.
Remember when you had to go to the library to study in college? How often did you flake out or go for only a few minutes and then start browsing the internet or just leave? Now, what was it like when you had to meet a study group at the library? You had to show up at a specific time, they kept you accountable to study while at the library. They asked questions if you wanted to leave early. They even made you study the boring parts that you would have skipped if you were there on your own.
You know you need to move more. You want to live your best life. You want to have the confidence to make hard decisions. You want to have the strength to lift your children above your head. You want to live a healthy and active life for as long as possible.
Don’t leave movement to chance. Hire a guide. Make an investment. Be accountable. Literally, your life depends on it.