I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.
The actual word “Kinesiology” comes from the Greek word kinesis, which means to move, and is literally the study of how our bodies move.
(“Applied Kinesiology” however is a holistic energy therapy, that combines the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern ‘muscle monitoring’ techniques. Alongside naturopathy and hypnosis, it’s debated in communities as to whether it’s a valid form of therapy. We won’t be talking about that.)
For the purposes of this post (and being a true Virgin Active advocate for the Zuu classes 😉) I’ll chat a bit about primal animal movement, and how it can help our own fitness.
Ever done a bear crawl, a frog squat or a gorilla walk? Weight training in the gym is all well and good, but our bodies aren’t just made for moving up & down and side to side. Similar to the jumping I spoke about yesterday, children often do more “primal” movements, but as adults we tend to lose the need, want and skill to do so. Without going down the functional training argument, it helps strength (especially the wrists), endurance, stability, coordination and balance.
Kettlebell training also focuses on movement rather than muscles. It targets the whole body for strength and cardio training, and helps keep you mobile. Other benefits to using them include that they’re easy to grip, versatile, they simplify the equipment needed, they’re “better” than machines for core stability, they can be easier on the joints due to the fluid momentum of the swing, and you can use them at home.
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