How to Make “Exercise” Work for You in the Real World

February 25, 2014

You’ve been doing the same workout for years; squats, dead lifts, standing calf raises, leg raises, incline sit ups, etc. You’ve convinced that it’s necessary for your fitness but then you go out and ski, run, golf, rock climb, etc. and not only is there no improvement in your activity of choice, you’re finding that you’re regressing, things aren’t going as well as they were two years ago. So what’s the problem?

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t exercise but to believe that a particular set of exercises that has little relationship to the activity you are pursuing doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t it be better to practice and improve movements that will translate directly to the activity you enjoy?

The following video shows Feldenkrais practitioner Irene Gutteridge doing a classic Awareness Through Movement® lesson. Typically this lesson would be done in a classroom setting and the exploration would probably take 30 to 40 minutes. There would be more variations included and a lot more time to explore each individual movement. However, once your body/mind/brain has experiences the lesson slowly and thoughtfully it can then be put to practical use. Here you can see how this lesson might apply anyone moving over uneven surfaces. If you turned the video 90 degrees you might also get a sense of how it would apply to rock climbing.


Irene Gutteridge is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in Whistler, B.C. To view more YouTube Videos about Feldenkrais, visit my YouTube channel.

You will find some great Movement Through Awareness lessons at my store...lessons that will help you to Move Better and Feel Younger!


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