Movement is life

Celebrate movement every day of your life:

You’ve heard the old adage “move it or lose it”, never in our history has this been more true. In this day and age of video games, convenience products and an entitled mindset we have lost our ability to perform basic movements. Our basic primal movements, bending, squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, rotary, and gait have become secondary to sitting, lying, and leisurely strolls in the park. There was a time when we needed these movements to survive, now we just need a phone, a debit card, and a reason to use them.

People who have a job that includes primal movements are the lucky ones. Even these jobs are becoming easier with the onset of robotics and technological advancements in mass production and construction. The unlucky ones are chained to a desk and/or immobilized by their work environment. This is why it is so important to include primal movements in your everyday life. Its a choice that has to be made. The couch or movement. We need to choose forms of recreation that include movement, training mind and body to communicate. If you cannot move well, pain free, and confidently, you will not be able to play. Focus on recreating a body that is strong, mobile, and stable. It is never to late to enhance and create movement skills.

When re:energizing your life choose a program that will work on an energetic approach, by combining movement with stability and strength. I recommend a program that works a 3 dimensional form of training, after all we truly live life on our feet, performing movements on our backs or in a machine provide little if no benefit to real life challenges. You need your body to be stable and strong through all planes of motion, this will not happen if you are working out in a machine that provides stability. Choose primal movements that challenge your stability and use proper joint function to enhance your movement skills. Joint mobility is a major concern in this day and age because of our use of chairs and other means of body support.

Our joints breakdown into a series of specific functions. Our ankles are a mobility joint, our knees a stability joint, our hips “should” provide mobility, our lumbar spine stability, thoracic spine mobility, the scapula provide stability and the gleno-humeral mobility. It is important to know these joint functions when listening to your body during movements. For example you’ve just worked out and you feel some lower back pain. This may be an overuse or a new use issue, but it can also mean your hips or thoracic spine may not be as mobile as they should be, creating a need for the lumbar spine to mobilize creating pain. Therefore when starting  a program it is always important to be checked out for joint dysfunction before you suffer opportunity loss due to excessive body pain or injury. Remember to play, you need to be pain free. A joint by joint approach to programming may be beneficial to anyone starting a movement based program. Joint mobility exercises should be part of anyone’s daily routine.

In closing I would like to say that if you are looking to re:energize your life and regain your vitality, choose a program that focuses on primal movement, joint mobility, and functional strength. If you train for the feel of it first the aesthetic’s you desire will follow. Be patient, persistent and confident.

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Bart Wagar..  Visionary and President of Zenfit Inc.

 

Own Your Program

Own your fitness program:

Have you been following a fitness program? Are you thinking of beginning one? The first question you should answer is why.. Grab a piece of paper and randomly write out every reason you can think of for five minutes.. Now categorize these reasons. This is your first step to identifying your focus. Is it health and wellness? do you just want to look good? Is it for sport?

Once you have identified the reasons you can now select the action. Whatever it is, do your homework. Take on a training program that is sustainable. Not one that will leave you injured or in rehab more often than you are on the floor of the training room or enjoying your activities. If your coach has you doing things that you feel have no purpose in your active life ask WHY!

Remember you own your program and it should enhance your life not endanger it… Sure bones, muscle, and connective tissue heal but weigh the “opportunity loss” when it comes to living. Down time sets you back. Take your ego out of the game and stop doing “crazy shit” to prove a point to yourself, and especially others. Train safe .. enjoy life.

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Bart Wagar.

You can email me at bartwagar@zenfit.ca for Q&A’s .. If I don’t know the answer I will find it for you.

Baby Steps to Vitality

Baby Steps to Vitality

So our resolutions have come and gone and we find ourselves still searching for the magic bean that helps us live a vital healthy life. We started out with good intentions but scheduling, family, other distractions pulled our focus away from a revitalized existence. Now I could guide you, eat this, shake that, lift this and push that, or sell you on a potion that will flush your wallet and eventually your self-esteem, but I won’t. What I will tell you is to keep your health and fitness goals simple and realistic.

In our fast paced lives we tend to expect immediate results in an unrealistic time frame. This can lead to unhealthy choices in diet and exercise practices. If you have been inactive for a time, start slowly and work just outside your comfort zone, the daily walk is a great start. Walk at a pace that makes it challenging to hold an extended conversation. Build endurance and strength in a way that is gradual and sustainable, being too sore or sustaining an injury is not part of the plan. When it comes to training let go of your ego and look to long term sustainable action.

In regard to nutrition simplicity is important here as well. Hydration is extremely beneficial when it comes to cleansing the body, we don’t need the multi-level marketing potions being hocked by pseudo health and wellness entrepreneurs. The body has kidneys, and a liver, water will do just fine. Try to take .55 ounces of water per pound of body weight per day. Choose foods that are as close to the earth as possible. We should eat some form of protein at every meal and add healthy fats such as avocado, to our daily routine. Eat vegetables that grow above the ground frequently and vegetables that grow below the ground occasionally. Limit the intake of pasta’s and grains and eliminate sugar and sweeteners.

Ouch! I heard someone gasp!

To some even these simple suggestions may seem extreme; this is due to our programming but through my own experience I have found that these are sustainable steps toward  effective results. At this time of year we are lucky to live in southern Ontario. We have quality; locally grown food in abundance, there is no excuse to be eating any convenience foods. Good nutrition just takes planning, and organizing meals ahead of time will help balance our nutritional needs, giving us the energy to move. We have so many amazing trails and conservation areas locally that it makes it easy for us to find a place to be active. Try to cover these three forms of activity our hunter-gatherer ancestors did to survive, move slowly, lift heavy things and sprint. If you find limitations hold you back, listen to your body and do what you can, remember the ego? There is never failure only feedback. In a living fitness lifestyle we should aim to be persistent, consistent and determined. Breathe, eat clean, move, and smile!

Live healthy, live strong,
Bart Wagar

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We’re OPEN..!

ZenNews!

Ok Zenfitters bear with me this week, We are open with a full schedule and I will be stretched to the limit  and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We are also welcoming 2 interns into the Zenfit fold. Tribe members, Kim McFadden, and Niki Seguin will be joining the team. They will be learning our Cross Training system and promoting our living fitness philosophy. Look for Meg Slute to be taking on some admin duties with Lynn Wagar.. As they work toward there own training goals. Jay Price will be contributing to our Elite Tactical fitness program as well.

Are you a trainer or know one that is looking for an opportunity to serve a community. Contact by email: bartwagar@zenfit.ca

At Zenfit we don’t jump on the band wagon we drive it..!

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