When I was just 16 years old I worked the front desk at the local gym. Every morning at 7AM Calvin would check in with a huge smile on his face. I worked at that gym as front desk attendant, then group fitness instructor, and personal trainer before leaving for college. Almost everyday I was there I saw Calvin.
Upon graduating college, I returned to the gym to workout and there was Calvin with a huge smile on his face.
Just last month while visiting my hometown I worked out at that same gym, and guess who was there….Calvin!
Calvin is now 82 years old. He is in great health, happy, and energetic. His secret is simple. Never stop moving.
Movement is Freedom
Think of all the amazing things your body does for you on a daily basis. It literally carries through this life experience. To move is a total privilege and it’s medicine.
Movement keeps your joints healthy. Unlike muscles joints do not have a direct blood supply. They need movement to get nutrition. You want those knees and hips to last a lifetime.
Movement can boost your mood. It literally changes your brain chemistry making you happier and more optimistic.
Movement makes you smarter. We learn with our entire body. Learning new moves and new skills builds new neural networks.
Think of movement as a way to code your nerve networks. Neurons with the most connections, an average of 300,000, are located in the cerebellum, the primary movement center of the brain. A variety of exercises that present unique challenges will code your body and brain for high level functionality. Movement builds confidence. When you push yourself and progress physically you are truly progressing mentally. You change your habits, cultivate greater will power, and literally transform from the inside out.