Christchurch Gym Owner Moo on why Movement is Life

“Life is movement. once you stop moving, you’re dead. choose life.” Eugen Sandow
“Nothing happens until something moves” Albert Einstein
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” Carol Welch
Movement – it’s so simple, yet vital for life. ❤️
As we get older, our body undergoes natural changes which is why we need to exercise & move our bodies regularly. I was active right through out school and played a lot of team sport, which I loved but then I left school and I needed to fill that void of Team sport so I decided to join a gym and I haven’t looked back. I am 46 now and have been active all my life and I can’t imagine my life without exercise & just being active.
Working in the Fitness Industry we get to witness how exercise can empower so many to see their strengths, classes turn into communities that support one another and this Christmas Break we witnessed that first hand. Exercise has given so many of us a place where we belong, allowed us to make new friendships and literally for so many of us it has saved our lives. 🙏

Movement is life. “Without movement, life is unthinkable.” Well it is for our family.

Our bodies are designed to move in all different directions; we run, jump, walk, swim, bend forward, backwards and so on. It’s movement that gives us healthy joints, strong bones, physical strength, good circulation, including cardiovascular circulation, good coordination and reflex reactivity, improved learning skills and concentration, and mental well-being. Without movement we would deteriorate. In fact, excessive sitting is associated with at least 35 diseases and conditions such as back pain, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and depression. Countries such as Australia and Canada have declared excessive sitting as a catastrophe.
Think about this……..
🤷🏾 Blood cells that don’t move cannot transport oxygen.
🤷🏾 Lungs that don’t move can’t breathe.
🤷🏾 Hearts that don’t move can’t pump blood
🤷🏾 Spines that don’t move can’t create the motion required for proper joint nutrition, for the activities of daily living, or for the stimulation of the joint-brain pathways required for proper brain and body function.
So, you see movement, exercise is what enables our bodies to operate in all of its amazing complexity. How friggen cool is that. 🤷‍♀️
Now we are all aging hahaha 🥴 yes we are and aging is a process whether we like it or not, we are all going the same way!
  • In our 20s-30’s we start losing lean muscle mass and our rate of bone-building starts to slow.
  • In our 40s-50 we start to lose muscle mass and bone-density starts to decrease. Hormonal changes, such as those associated with menopause, can accelerate this process. And yes, sadly our body fat percentage starts to climb.
  • Then we reach our 60s and older: Bone health becomes very important as osteoclastic activity (the breakdown of bone) rises and osteoblastic activity (the building of bone) drops.
And other changes in our body systems occur.
So in short…..
👌🏿 Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, stair climbing, swimming and bike riding enhance our heart and lung health, build stamina and promote blood flow to our muscles.
👌🏿 Resistance exercises such as weight training and working with elastic exercise bands build muscle mass, promote bone growth and provide stability to our joints.
👌🏿 Random movements performed safely, such as skipping or quick lateral movements while walking, can also boost bone health.
👌🏿 Stretching enhances flexibility, boosts blood flow to our muscles and reduces our risk of injury. Our classes such as Yoga Fix, Pilates Fix & Mobility Fix can promote flexibility, enhance balance and improve posture.
👌🏿 This is why we encourage variety in our Club so much. Integrating cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility into our training – is so incredibly important.
So, we can choose to move our bodies & enjoy our quality of life or we can choose to sit & rust away.
We choose to move our bodies every single day and LIVE 💛

Article by Jessica McDonald

Hi, I am Jess, Gym member, staff member, and customer service ninja here at Bodyfix. You might have seen my face behind the desk, online or simply around the gym. I love that I get to have conversations with our Members and Staff alike to bring you these stories. No matter where you see me, I am always up for a Hello!

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