Making Exercise An Equation

At the conclusion of my last post, I commented that exercise programs are made up of 2 parts.  What I left out was the end result of these 2 parts also known as its “function”.  I realized this while studying an article on finance that discussed finances as an equation of function.  Bingo, the light came on in my head and I connected the same theory to exercise.

Consider this Part I of your journey to an improved self!

The ideal exercise program should be balanced on both sides of the equation.  The equation becomes a function of three parts.

  1. R.O.M.- Known as “the movements”.
    1. Joint Flexibility
    2. Tendon Strength
    3. Core Strength (i.e. functional abdominal strength, back muscles, iliopsoas muscles, glutes, hip muscles)
    4. Stabilizers

    Jennifer McNally core exercise

    Jennifer McNally. Photo credit: Hector Benetiz

  2. Strength- The emotional will and patience to logically march forward towards accepting where and who you are physically, emotionally and mentally.  The strength to accept that the tides of change are difficult… but well worth the salty water coming off your brow as you conquer every wave no matter how high or violent as you come closer to your destination.  Keep paddling!!!

    Jennifer McNally working out

    Jennifer McNally. Photo credit: Hector Benetiz

  3. Balance- The satisfaction of overcoming your fear by completing one set of jumping jacks, one set of sit-ups or push-ups, one “Nike Shox” step-up, one mile walking or running, stretching… one at a time.

    Jennifer McNally stretching

    Jennifer McNally. Photo credit: Hector Benetiz

Think outside the box.

I have learned through the years of working with clients that have varying health or lifestyle concerns that there isn’t one way to work out and get in shape.  The options for exercise are endless.  Just think creatively.  For example, all the exercises you see in the pictures above can be done in various settings.  Case in point, the first exercise can be replicated at home or in the office simply by using a chair.  The last photo can be done on your bedroom floor.  You simply need to adapt your environment to suit your needs.

I have learned this well through working with clients like Jennifer McNally.  Jennifer struggles daily with R. A. (Rheumatoid Arthritis).  In fact, just a few short years ago Jennifer was house bound and crippled over in pain.  Her husband, Sean used to have to carry her up the stairs to bed every night.  Her pain was too severe to do it on her own.

Look at her now!  She is a perfect example of someone who chose, “Fight over Flight”.  In other words, she chose to fight her condition instead of fleeing and living a life of incapacitation.  What an honor to work with her and others like her such as another client, Sammi Blake who also struggles with a chronic health condition.

I have learned more from them than they have learned from me.  We work in concert with one another, each learning valuable lessons.  I love my job!!!

Change your point of view.

Look at exercise as more than a chore.  Look at it as an equation of function.  The equation is balanced (the mental part) because you have incorporated physical aspects as well as emotional.  By looking at your exercise (program) in this way, you will certainly loose weight, reshape your body and become healthier overall; but, most importantly, you will feel full of life and empowered.  This feeling of accomplishment and empowerment will trickle over into every other facet of your life.  Go for it!

Get moving, one step at a time…