Training Like an Infant
Infants have a lot to teach older adults about exercise. So do toddlers and preschoolers. Next time you’re with your grandkids or in a park where some kids are playing, just observe.
Through continuous play and movement exploration, young people develop their neuromuscular systems, gradually developing strength, balance, coordination, and agility. With each and every movement, they are mastering a physical skill, without even thinking about it, no spandex or elaborate equipment required. Watch this great video:
You saw some familiar exercise moves with names like the Cobra Pose and Superman. The dad is smart to get on the floor with his child to get a free lesson and good workout.
Older adults will benefit from following their excellent example. This infant is rapidly gaining valuable physical skills to get up and navigate through life.
We were all once like children naturally learning everything we needed to function in our everyday lives. However, as time went along, many of us became more sedentary and very limited in the range of motions we used on a routine basis by over-using TV remotes, leaf blowers, and cars.
Through decades of adult inactivity, many of those skills gradually became dormant and forgotten. In our culture, “old” people are expected to become frail and feeble and make it a self-fulfilling prophecy by becoming less active, causing a premature physical decline.
If doesn’t have to be this way if you train like this infant. She moves, tires out, rests, moves again, tires out, rests, moves again…For her, there’s caring about how she looks to others or whether her form is perfect. She just keeps on moving and smiling, even when her little arms give out.
Just try it. Move, rest, smile. Again…