The word “exercise” has widely been considered “the regular and repeated use of the body (or certain parts of the body) to produce physical exertion”. The idea being that physical exertion will develop or maintain a healthy body. Generally speaking, exercises that require more physical effort are thought to be preferable to those that don’t result in great quantities of sweat. However, this concept is fast becoming obsolete and the future of exercise is here.
Exercise is no longer just about being able to perform a certain number of repetitions of a particular exercise or the ability to run for miles on end. It is the ability to accomplish those tasks with as little effort as possible and in accordance with the way the body is ultimately designed to move (i.e., correct biomechanics).
We are perfectly built to be able to perform almost any movement with little or no adverse stress to the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia. However, it is a fact of life that the cumulative effect of our lifestyles, activities, and hobbies create muscle and movement imbalances in the body which ultimately affect our biomechanics leading to pain and limitations when we exercise.
The Future of Exercise
To ensure exercise is beneficial for all the parts of the body, inside and out, exercise is now defined as; “performing or practicing a task in order to develop or improve a specific capability or skill”. This new paradigm is becoming increasingly popular in the health and fitness industry and precisely why corrective exercise is fast becoming a staple part of any effective workout program. Corrective exercises are intentionally designed to help improve the condition of the musculoskeletal system and prepare the body to perform daily activities and vigorous exercises with correct biomechanics and without discomfort or restrictions. This shift in thinking, and the fitness professionals that are helping set this trend, represent perfectly the future of the exercise industry.