"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement & methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it."
By Amanda Grubbs, RYT 200
Spartan Fitness/Spartan Yoga
Fitness and exercise, as most of us know them, may appear to be new age. When in fact, exercise goes way back to a time when people wouldn't have thought to call it exercise. For early humankind, exercise was a way of life. They didn't earn their agility and strength at gyms or by following certain programs, they forged their own fitness through their everyday actions. Fitness was a requirement to get through life. From primal times when humans had to hunt and gather, to Neolithic times when humans began to grow crops and raise cattle, to ancient times when humans were preparing for battle, it is clear to me that the human body is designed and capable of greatness.
As the industrial revolution came and facilitated the transition from manual production to machine-based manufacturing, the way people lived began to change. Therefore, the way people moved began to change. As people (particularly those serving in battle) became more sedentary, the movement towards intentional fitness began. There was a sense of pride in staying fit and healthy and ready to serve in battle or provide for your family.
Fast forward to our modern society and fitness is no longer a way of life. It's a decision. We don't have to exercise as part of our daily life so we each have to decide whether or not to move our bodies. With all of the modern-day conveniences it's actually easy to not move. While it's awesome to have so much technology and an easier way of life, I feel that we all need to choose intentional exercise as a way to counteract our more sedentary lifestyles.
As I reflect on the history of movement and try to look towards our future of movement, I can't help but wonder what will help people find a reason to keep moving. The studies are out there, we all know the importance of exercise and yet so few people participate in it. We live in a time where nearly every town/community/subdivision has a gym where people can come together and move their bodies any way they choose and nevertheless we are more sedentary than ever. Since fitness is no longer a way of life, people are now turning their free time over to TV or social media. It's not just accepted, it's almost encouraged to not lead a lifestyle of movement or fitness.
There's an overwhelming amount of people who view fitness or health with a certain image- to look a certain way or to lose a certain number of pounds. This is dangerous thinking and can lead to disappointment for many people.
For me, it's as though society has gotten away from the intention of fitness and has turned the concept into an aesthetic game and that's one I'm just not willing to play.
It's my opinion that we as a society need to turn the focus to movement. Humans are designed to move; designed to be strong and healthy for life. The best way to facilitate lifelong movement and strength is to simply move naturally. To use our bodies daily, as they have been designed. This is why I have a passion for High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) and yoga, I feel that both of these practices use my body in natural ways, in ways I moved in my childhood, in ways that I see my almost four year old son move daily and naturally. You don't need fancy equipment (but, if you enjoy that type of movement, embrace it). You don't have to accept a sedentary lifestyle or neglect your body's natural ability to move freely. Decide to move. Decide to be strong. Decide to take control of your life. Decide to use your body as it has
Meet Amanda Grubbs. She is the wife of Brendan Grubbs, the owner and founder of Spartan Fitness. She has always had an interest in Yoga and for the past year she has been going to school to become a nationally certified and accredited Yoga instructor (RYT 200). Amanda graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor's degree, majoring in health and human services and minoring in exercise physiology. Amanda looks forward to starting the first ever classes that Spartan Fitness has had open to the general public. She has a special interest in working with children in hopes to bring the love of yoga to people of all ages.