Movement as a portal to enlightenment

What do a ballet dancer, an MMA fighter, and a basketball player have in common?

They are all MOVERS.

“We are all HUMAN first, MOVERS second and only then SPECIALISTS.” – Ido Portal.

As simple as that might sound, it is the absolute truth. We all move, it’s just how nature intended it to be, some of us are just better or worse at it. Our modern lifestyle has depleted us of the need to move very much. A couple of centuries ago, getting basic things such as food or water, required some serious physical work. Today, convenience has become our God, but also one of our greatest enemies. We overuse chairs; we drive instead of walking, and the neglecting of our physicality is the main culprit of many of today’s health problems. The importance of movement has been diminished.

These words are from movement practitioner Ido Portal. I’ve watched Ido before but more so recently due to his connection with MMA/UFC fighter Conor McGregor. I was captivated by the dominion which Ido holds over his body and his ability to manipulate and mould it. As I watched more I became fascinated by his philosophies surrounding movement.

I have always been involved in health and fitness is some form or other be it football, basketball, running, swimming, etc. I was never talented at anything but was always a hard worker. I always felt that the key to improved performance wouldn’t come in the form of more training but by unlocking the keys that were already in me. This is why I was so compelled by Ido’s practice, it seemed to be the answer I was looking for.

Through out my fitness lifetime I became more interested in movement itself rather than in individual sports. So I pursued yoga and pilates and anything else that would help to free up my body to be able to mover better, which in turn would make me better at whatever sport I chose to pursue.

I just finished watching a documentary on Ido Portal by London Real. I gained further insight and knowledge from Ido and Brian in this movie.

Ido speaks often of Fear and it’s importance in our lives he says ‘It is uncomfortable. Pain and discomfort is where the gold is, but we go with the pleasure. Where fear resides this is where real growth is. Discomfort and pain is part of it.’

That is to say that we need to have fear, pain and discomfort in our lives if we wish to grow. We should not expose ourselves to too much fear at once because that will paralyse us, but just a little at a time and slowly but surely what was once fearful is now possible.

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So why is movement so important or why should we move? Because we can. We are made to move but yet everything about our modern lives is designed to induce as little movement as possible. Sleep in your comfortable bed, drive your comfortable car, get the lift instead of taking the stairs, watch tv on your soft couch. It’s all designed to keep comfortable with the guise that it will make us happy but it never does. To refer back to Ido’s words above where he says ‘we go with the pleasure’ but the pleasure never truly makes us happy. Or if it does it is only momentary or fleeting then it is gone and we are onto the next thing that will make our lives more ‘comfortable’ or ‘pleasurable.’

But movement however, that is happiness in itself. You feel happier just through the act of movement. So that is why you should move more, because you can. Someday the day may come where you can no longer move due to old age, degradation or an accident and you wish you could get that movement back, but you can’t.

Through movement we learn more about ourselves, where we have pain, where we have tightness, what needs to be worked on and from that you have something to work on that gives ongoing pleasure and happiness that is infinite. You may even discover skills and abilities that you never knew you had.

Brian sums it up excellently in his closing remarks of the movie ‘Movement makes us human, it connects us to our higher self. Movement is life. You might say, this is not for me, but you have a body, right? You know what to do. Just move.’

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Great Change Comes in Small Steps

Don’t get caught up in the hype! Keep it simple.

In today’s society we are constantly bombarded by messages about diet and exercise; food advice, recommended exercise durations, low fat, sugar free, gluten free, 30 minutes a day, an hour a day, vegan, paleo, more carbs, less carbs, what are carbs? ARRGGH!!!

Information overload

It can all get overwhelming and hard to know what to do. And not only that but we are getting it from more avenues than ever before it’s not just TV, print and radio anymore now there is facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.

It seems that now more than ever in this age of unlimited information that understanding health, diet and exercise is harder than ever.

Don’t get caught up

So my advice to you is not to get caught up in the hype, don’t listen to the marketing campaigns and the products that seem to be the answer to immediate results.

If you are on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook we see so many inspirational messages every day. But it is very easy to tweet, etc. such a platitude, it might get a lot of likes, clicks, shares, retweets, etc. but ultimately it doesn’t mean anything unless you take action.

Make lots of little changes on a daily basis

A lot of people, and you may be included see these and think that’s great but I can’t seem to change or make it work. So I say don’t over complicate it or overthink it. Make one small addition to your life that you can do on a daily basis that is going to ultimately lead to great change.

Take it step by step, gradually start to eat a little better, cut down on the snack foods, slowly start to incorporate more exercise into your life, make little incremental changes that eventually will crowd out that which is not serving to make you better and before you know it you will be on your way to a new, improved you.

If you would like more advice or assistance from me on how to make improvements in your life I am a qualified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach and would love to work with you to helping you achieve your goals.


 

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Don’t over complicate it!

Don’t get caught up in the hype! Keep it simple.

In today’s society we are constantly bombarded by messages about diet and exercise, food advice, recommended exercise durations, low fat, sugar free, gluten free, 30 minutes a day, an hour a day, vegan, paleo, more carbs, less carbs, what are carbs? ARRGGH!!!

It can all get overwhelming and hard to know what to do. And not only that but we are getting it from more avenues than ever before it’s not just TV, print and radio anymore now there is facebook, twitter, Instagram and more.

It seems that now more than ever in this age of unlimited information that understanding health, diet and exercise is harder than ever.

If you are on twitter, Instagram or Facebook we see so many inspirational messages every day. But it is very easy to tweet, etc. such a platitude, it might get a lot of likes, clicks, shares, retweets, etc. but ultimately it doesn’t mean anything unless you take action.

A lot of people, and you may be included see these and think that’s great but I can’t seem to change or make it work. So I say don’t overcomplicate it or overthink it. Make one small addition to your life that you can do on a daily basis that is going to ultimately lead to great change.

Take it step by step, gradually start to eat a little better, cut down on the snack foods, slowly start to incorporate more exercise into your life, make little incremental changes that eventually will crowd out that which is not serving to make you better and before you know it you will be on your way to a new and improved you.

If you would like more advice or assistance from me on how to make improvements in your life I am a qualified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach and would love to work with you to helping you achieve your goals.

Health! You owe it to yourself!

Why should you stay fit and healthy? Why should you exercise? Why should you eat well? In today’s busy and hectic world people have gotten so busy working and with being busy they have forgotten how to look after themselves. So the biggest reason we should do any of the things above is because you owe it to yourself and you are too important not too.

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well” ~ Socrates

But we cannot live well if we do not take care of our bodies

“It is a shame to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which the body is capable.” ~ Socrates

Why go through life just existing. It is more enjoyable to be able to explore all the wonders and amazing things that life has to offer. A life not lived, spent wondering what if or if only is no life at all.

If you get to a point in life where you think you have reached your destination or are happy the way things are that is the time when you need to get up and keep moving again. You should continually seek to grow, learn, expand and change. Whether in home, work, exercise or anything else for that matter.

But ultimately when it comes to health and fitness you have to want it for yourself. No one else can do it for you. You can gather people around you to help you, to guide you and motivate you. But at the end of the day you have to do the work. And it does take work. But you can find enjoyment in the work as well.

I choose to stay fit, healthy and active not just for myself but for those that won’t do it for themselves, to show that it is not that difficult, that with a little bit of work and discipline you can make a huge change.

I am a qualified Personal Trainer. I will help you to get fitter, healthier and happier in a way that is enjoyable and sustainable.

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