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Is Any Physical Activity Better Than None?
Many people mistakenly believe that exercising regularly is sufficient to stay healthy and fit. The prevailing notion is that a fitness regimen comprising of “weights”, “cardio” and stretching addresses all of the body’s needs and any physical activity is better than none. These are common misconceptions can lead to your body becoming dysfunctional in the long-term.

A typical training program does not provide a rate of progression resulting in little or no fitness improvements. Unfortunately, it is widely accepted that if one exercises regularly it will be sufficient to stay fit and lack of training results has no consequences.

However, by using a workout “routine” you might assume that you keep your body conditioned while you drive your body consistently into plateau. As a result, when a plateau is reached the physical and mental condition will level off and the body will start deteriorating. This means that the body has to be constantly and properly stimulated. What makes this problem challenging is that existing approaches such as cross-training and changing a daily workout all the time or periodically have not proven to be effective.

What You Want From Your Body And What Your Body Really Needs

You might set a personal goal of running 5K, completing a triathlon and or improve your overall fitness. However, you need to learn how the body is built to move to prevent injuries and boost your performance, rather than training in a random and chaotic way.

If your workout program is focused by practicing the “correct” posture or “form” and training “hips”, “legs” or “arms” without a proper understanding of functional human anatomy you will not achieve any meaningful results. For instance, conventional resistance training is intended to isolate specific muscles to build strength and it can make your dysfunctional. Functional strength training aims to focus on integrated functional movements and engage all required muscle groups in a coordinated manner.

Currently, active lifestyle and regular workouts are heavily promoted. However, most workout programs will make you reaching a plateau quickly. In addition, a sufficient attention how to move properly to avoid putting undue stress on the body is largely overlooked.

A workout-based fitness program will contribute to the loss of overall mobility and attributing the overall functional decline to aging exclusively is a misconception. You can certainly include workouts in your exercise program. However, your training need to devote a sufficient time to restoring, developing and maintaining functional body movement. 

Connecting Fitness Activities with Daily Life

Functional movement training can help to connect your fitness activities with daily life. For example, you will be learning how to squat properly as you stand up and take a sit every day.

Also, if you make your body more functional you will develop connection between your body and mind. In turn, it will develop inner desire and vitality to exercise. Training functional movements not muscles will help you to understand how the body is supposed to function and it will improve your body awareness.

Connecting training with your daily life activities will help you stay healthy and avoid degeneration with age. For example, learning how to bend, carry and balance will help you completing daily tasks and avoid injuries. Also, improving your walking stride will make your body more functional to prevent losing the ability to walk with age.

On one hand, training and medical organizations are making a significant effort to improve health and fitness across all populations. On the other hand, the current concepts of active fitness and exercise methodology in the present form are failing short of keeping human body fit and healthy. Fitness and Beyond offers a comprehensive approach by incorporating the scientific principles of the human movement and functional anatomy to create effective fitness programs for keeping the human body functional, healthy and fit in the long-term.

Lenny Levin founded Wellness and Beyond and he started this business with the mission to rethink the current concepts to address the gaps and improve results related to fitness, health and wellness.