Low-Impact, Joint-Friendly Exercise to Build Strength & Flexibility, Prevent Injury, & Improve Overall Wellness
This is for those people interested in an effective fitness program that promotes long-term health; to ensure functional, pain-free day to day movement, and allows you to build muscle, increase strength, and improve your mobility with a manageable, sustainable exercise program that leaves you energized and feeling fantastic, instead of burnt out and in pain.
This informative blog includes:
- Common issues with typical exercise programs (i.e. not focused on longevity)
- Challenges of finding an effective, longevity-focused program
- What you should look for in a longevity-focused, smart training program
- How can Man Flow Yoga help?
Common issues with typical exercise programs
- Burn out & excessive soreness – Feeling burnt out or excessively sore on a regular basis while following a typical fitness program.
- Injuries – Getting injured regularly, skipping workouts, and not being able to stick to your workout schedule.
- Not longevity-focused – Interest in longevity and overall healthy instead of short-term gains at the expense of long-term health.
- Inaccurate Perceptions – The mindset that fitness has to be high-impact and high-calorie burning in order to be effective (hint: it doesn’t.)
Challenges of Finding An Effective, Smart Fitness Program
Many of the popular fitness programs we see in pop culture are high-impact workouts designed to make you sweat and feel good about yourself, but there are other types of exercise that are more effective, better for you, and help you feel better on a day to day basis.
- A large portion of the fitness activities that we associate with overall wellness are not actually that great for you – especially if you’re no longer in your 20s, and your overall goal is wellness (and not trying to burn as many calories as possible). Running, boot camp workouts, HIIT workouts, and other high-impact exercises are great if you are interested in improving your athletic abilities, but you don’t need high-impact exercises to build muscle, improve your body composition, or promote overall wellness.
- As soon as we leave our 20s, we experience pain and discomfort in areas that never used to give us trouble. We were able to get away with more when we were younger, but now we need to spend more time on our fitness if we want to maintain our physical capabilities, stay healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and live without pain or discomfort.
- Time and resources are limited. Many workout classes are 60 minutes in length, and require driving to and from the gym or studio. This comes out to a 1.5 hour time commitment, and people who have busy jobs and a family to take care of simply don’t have the time to do this 3 to 5 times per week.
What should you look for in a longevity-focused exercise program
- The exercise program you select should help you to improve your long-term overall health and wellness without causing pain or injury in the short-term. Low-impact exercise that challenges your muscles to grow stronger while also strengthening your joints and helping with weight management is the smart choice, and an effective yoga program can do just that.
- However, most typical yoga programs are not effective at building muscle on their own, so be sure to integrate basic resistance training into your weekly workout routine. The right type of yoga will actually make you better at strength training and other types of fitness, too!
- Yoga is unique in that it also helps to address many aspects of fitness that aren’t covered by typical exercise, including stress relief, breathing, relieving anxiety, and helping to improve mindfulness. Provided that the yoga workout is effective and the scheduled workouts are structured as a comprehensive program, you can expect noticeable results with just three 30-minute workouts per week.
How Man Flow Yoga helps
Our yoga programs are built for fitness. You can expect to build muscle, increase your flexibility, improve your body composition (lose weight and burn fat), and improve mindfulness and well-being in just a few weeks by following a Man Flow Yoga program. (Most people notice a difference in how they feel within the first few workouts.)
- My number one recommendation for improving fitness for the long-term is The Strength Foundations Course, a program I created to ensure that you are using your body the way it was designed to move, with an adequate level of flexibility, using the right muscles for the appropriate movement, and correcting improper movement patterns that can cause pain or injury. Workouts are 30-40 minutes per day, with a recommended 3 minimum workouts per week.
- I also recommend Bulletproof Your Knees, The 21×30 Challenge, and The Clark Program, each of which are beginner-friendly programs in the Members’ Area that will help you make noticeable improvements in your fitness in just about 30 minutes per day.
- Which “path” is right for you?We’ve developed specific “paths” which allow you to follow a schedule of programs and get results, based on your unique challenges and goals. People interested in longevity-focused fitness typically fall into one of the following paths: (1) At Home Yoga Program, (2) Low-Impact Fitness, or (3) Injury-Prevention & Rehabilitation.