In my years as an exercise instructor, I have now taught not just aerobics, water aerobics, Step classes, yoga, qi gong, a little tai chi, corrective exercise, weight training, toning classes, calisthenics, stretching, jogging, Fartlek training, kickboxing and I can’t remember what else – many other systems that I have learned but not been certified in, including Pilates and Feldenkrais. I am an open-minded person and like to learn from many traditions.
Like the failed aerobics instructor I once was, I can’t claim to be any good at any of these, but I have explored all these modalities and found them beneficial for various audiences at different times.
All exercise is good, but not all exercise is good for every body.
Let’s explore why that is the case.
There is a continuum of exercise.
A person must first build core stability, then core strength, then flexibility, then strength, then power.
Many people begin an exercise program at very low levels of fitness.
Fitness is traditionally thought of to include aerobic capacity, flexibilty, core strength and core stability, strength, speed, agility and balance. Various sports such as golf, tennis or soccer also include other specific skills, such as eye-hand or eye-foot coordination that also require you to develop brain integration.
You basically have to begin any kind of exercise program at a level that is safe and appropriate for you. If you are not sure, make an appointment and we can discuss how you can begin to move your body.
When you start an exercise program at the level that is safe and appropriate, you will feel challenged but not discouraged, you will begin to see results in your body and you will feel comfortable moving ahead.
Exercise is the simplest healing tool of all if you apply it safely and appropriately.