We have made "not dying" the standard.
~ Katy Bowman
The fact is that we have taken statistics on exercise and its ability to increase longevity and decided that not dying is the standard for living. But what about that? How about living well?
Just as there is a cost to a sedentary lifestyle (no denying that!), there is a cost to a lifestyle that focuses on the major muscle groups, "six pack" abs, and cardio that relies on pounding pavement, the "dreadmill" and the bicycle.
Yes... It's true. Gym rats, runners & cyclists are still susceptible to joint pain, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Am I suggesting that we all just throw in the towel? Do we give up our favorite sports and invest in a new sofa? Nope.
I'm suggesting that there is a better way. What is generally termed as "exercise" is not better. It is just more.
Restorative Exercise™ is better. I'm sure you're shocked - but hear me out...
You can still ride your bike. But you also need to walk. You need to bear weight on your femurs with a neutral pelvis to maintain that ever-important bone density in your "hips." You need to stretch your calves and your hamstrings and find yield in your quadriceps muscles so that you can walk with a posterior-driven gait.
You can still run (if it is what you love best). But you also need to walk. You need to release your psoas. You need to stretch your hamstrings and calves to take some of the pressure off of your plantar fascia. You need some yield in your IT band if you want to keep doing what you love.
I don't want you to stop what you're doing. I want you to be able to do it for as long as you want to. I don't want you to end up like our spokes-doll for fitness up there in the pink tutu. Really FIT and not in any way healthy. Exercise can be your dessert for a good long time if you give yourself a steady diet of Restorative Exercise™.
Let's not make fitness the only path on our quest to "not die." Let's strive to LIVE WELL!