There is a benefit to fitness that is so incredibly valuable and yet you’ll never hear about it. Why is the greatest benefit of fitness not one of its major selling points?
Because it isn’t sexy.
This benefit won’t show up in an ad with glistening muscular bodies. It’s not about making your high school friends jealous at your 10 year reunion. And it won’t manifest instantaneously like the deceptive ads for “fit teas” or “30 days to beach body” programs falsely advertise. It can’t be accomplished by a six week challenge.
No. The greatest gem of fitness requires some self-awareness and using our imagination. So let’s try together because with this understanding of the true value of fitness, you can drastically improve your life. Your whole life.
Let’s imagine the two paths your life can take as you get older: staying active and in healthy physical shape compared to not doing any physical activity at all. This doesn’t mean being a fitness model, this means having a regular routine of physical exercise that you enjoy. Sport. Individual. Gym. Outdoor. Doesn’t matter. Now, imagine the trajectory of experiences with health that are or are not likely to arise because each of these choices. And then imagine what you will be able to or limited from enjoying, doing, trying, and engaging in during your whole life because of that choice.
So here is the secret fitness value your will never hear about:
Being consistently physically active helps you to get older better.
It decreases your risk of disease (like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer)
It decreases your risk of injury and improves joint and bone durability
It improves emotional and mental well-being (including reducing the big three: stress, anxiety, and depression)
It improves your overall immune system
It decreases the limitations in your life
Connects you with health-minded people and communities
All these benefits and more can be yours but see? It’s not very sexy. Although, for us lucky ones, living a long life is a reality we will have to deal with. We can make this reality more or less enjoyable for ourselves. Fitness is like an investment into a positive life experience and if you make a consistent investment, the benefits continue to grow over time.
Investing in your fitness today is like putting money in your health bank. Are you ready to invest in yourself today?
Jiu Jitsu can be thought of as a game of chess with bodies. The game is played stringing movements together to advance your position while also neutralizing your opponent’s moves.
You don’t need be flexible, strong, or the most athletic person in order to do it but having the ability to control your own body can make your learning process easier. Here is a movement that can help with your strength, mobility, flexibility and coordination for jiu jitsu and for life.
This one is called 90/90 (similar to the yoga pose Pigeon). With modern lifestyle creating stiff hips and limited mobility, this movement can help prepare the body for the S-mount or armbar set up. You can do a static stretch or add a flow like we did here in the video above ☝🏼 ( personally I like to add a motion so this way you’re not only working the muscle but also the joints).
To not give away any extra space in jiu jitsu, a good mobility of the hips and hamstrings will allow us to sit in the proper position and set up the armbar submission, in this example, with better technique and therefore require less strength. Give it a try and see if you notice any difference in your “S” Mount.
Doing some glute bridges can help you with foundational jiu jitsu movements like the upa escape from being mounted demonstrated in the second video.
We’re not saying that just because you bang out a few reps of glute bridges now you know how to escape from being mounted. It is important to cultivate our technique and not be dependent on our STRENGTH. This is the emphasis of jiu jitsu, which translates to “the gentle art” But having strong hips and hamstrings (which are the primary muscles used in the glute bridge exercise) can assist you in performing this technique easier and a large majority of athletic movements that use the power from the hips.
This movement helps with those booty gains which, as mentioned above, are the powerhouse muscle group for most athletics movements. This shows how including the right fitness program can complement the technical needs of any sport or just basic self-defense and feeling safe in the world.
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We get so caught up in “upgrading” our stuff that we forget a very simple but eye opening fact: we can’t replace our body. We can change our country of residence. We can change our partners or our careers but we cannot change out our body for another.
Our body is the one thing we are committed to for life.
Of course we can evolve or devolve our relationship with it and this can alter its appearance or function, but this is the costume we will wear for our time on Earth. So why not wear something we actually enjoy?
It feels good to feel good in our bodies and we are designed for a healthy and active existence. This requires we heal, nourish, cleanse, and move our bodies. We cannot swap out our frame for someone else’s but we can create the best existence possible with the frame we have. This is available to every one of us.
Being in a positive and health-focused community, like ours at Concentric Fit, is an important component to live in ultimate health with the body we have. Studies have shown people are 95% more likely to continue a health routine that they start with friends. Being around people that support you healing, nourishing, cleansing, and moving your body is a major key to successfully live long and live well.