According to the mainstream fitness media, being “In Shape” means a combination of being able to do a gazillion burpees, run forever and ever, and then lift ridiculously heavy stuff until you collapse.
And if you ask most people, they’ll probably say that “cardio” is the most important thing to do to “get in shape”. But do we need to train like a Navy Seal to be in shape?
For most of us, the answer is NO. Especially if we want to age successfully. And this, by far should have the GREATEST IMPACT in our decision-making process regarding how we move.
Now there’s nothing wrong with conditioning...even to the point of “testing” how capable we are as human beings. The benefits of regular aerobic activity are indisputable...from markers of cardiovascular health to our mental health and let’s not forget RECOVERY as we age.
All incredibly beneficial. But your entire routine should NOT be focused on it exclusively, because it’s absolutely NOT sustainable. What can be argued is how exactly we should increase our heart rate.
For myself and my clients, sustainability is key. So I prefer training the skills and movements we need, based on our build...that will help strengthen our limitations. I’m always trying to get the most bang for our efforts. Think about all the stuff that supports our goals.
Here’s what you’re gonna do...
On your recovery days, you’re gonna practice each move:
🐻 Backward Inverted Bear (Inverted Bear Elbows): for all you Loosey-Goosey folks. 🦀 Crab (Crab Elbows): for all you Super-Tight folks. Perform your move for 1 minute straight. Then rest for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. (1 minute on/1 minute off x 3rds) 👉 If your wrists are an issue, I’ve added a substitute position after each move. Just hold that position for 1 minute. Then rest for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Same idea. Move in an opposite arm/leg pattern! In ALL directions! Make no mistake, these moves are DECEPTIVELY HARD. So, move SLOWLY and PURPOSELY! BREATHING: I want you to NASAL breathe when moving.
Basically...your gonna place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and your lips are CLOSED. Zip it! 🤐
Simply INHALE/EXHALE through your NOSE ONLY! It’s totally different. Trust me.
Notice how you feel afterwards. Let me know, I’d love to hear. Dedicated to your health and longevity, Mike