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    Movement is Medicine which leads to better health

    By David (Jacko) Jackson

    If there’s one thing I know, it’s movement

    Ever since I could remember, I’ve wanted to exercise, I wanted to move, I wanted to play (mainly sports when growing up). 

    And that hasn’t changed.

    As I got older, the passion just continued. If anything, I’ve become even more aware of the benefits associated with exercise and better health.

    I’m not necessarily talking about how I look, being lean or having muscle, or any of that. I honestly just enjoy feeling fit, not struggling to tackle a flight of stairs or run around without feeling like I’m going to collapse…

    It’s a great feeling.

    Not to mention, exercise had a large effect on my state of mind too, but I’ll touch on that briefly in a second. See, not so long ago I was a professional rugby player for 14 years, representing the world famous Barbarians. An experience I’ll never forget..

    I had to be strong, powerful, athletic, and quick! But the feeling of winning a game? When the fans are shouting at the top of their lungs… You couldn’t describe it. But, it didn’t last. Because one day, it all came to a grinding halt.

    I suffered a head injury that would see me having to stop playing rugby for good.

    Yet as one door closed another one opened.

    See, I needed to find a new outlet. If I couldn’t play rugby, then I needed to find something else. Not just for my body, but my peace of mind too.

    So I dived into becoming a strength and conditioning coach and at the same time fell in love with everything calisthenics! I started to enjoy training and moving, and instantly began to feel better.

    Surprisingly really, for a guy who at the time knew nothing about calisthenics and couldn’t even hold a handstand. But fast forward to today, and not only am I holding handstands … I’m playing with rings, holding a human flag and discovering new movements just using my bodyweight every single day. It’s great. 

    And my body feels stronger and healthier than ever.

    Yet, if there’s one thing that I’m sure of it’s this… exercise is medicine or at least a powerful way to feel better fast. It didn’t matter if I had a bad day, feel stressed or need to burn off some extra energy — exercise is always my go-to. And If I wanted to feel great, energised, motivated and set for the day ahead… 

    Then, I just got moving. A few handstands, muscle-ups, pull-ups, or doing a dynamic warm-up. It doesn’t matter.

    Exercise helps me feel good – better health.

    Yet it’s sad to see so many people worry about exercise or not make it a priority. They think they don’t have the time, that it has to be boring, that they have to be covered in sweat or need to sweat it out by popping their running shoes on and pounding the pavements for hours on end..

    And as a result? They become more sedentary, sluggish and unfit. Which is annoying, because it’s the exact opposite of the benefits exercise should give you.

    Better Health Benefits such as:

    • Improved confidence
    • Weight loss
    • Increased energy
    • Better bone health
    • Improved mood
    • Longer life expectancy 
    • A healthier heart
    • And a better quality of life —ESPECIALLY as we age.

    Honestly, I could talk about the benefits of exercise all day.

    Yet with busy jobs, hectic work schedules, and families to look after, people are busier than ever. However, that shouldn’t stop us from reaping the rewards of exercise. Exercise is all around you, you just need to be smart, savvy and a little creative sometimes.

    Whether you’re sat for 8 hours a day at a desk, could you get up, stretch your legs and get some steps in? Or if driving to work, or get the bus, can you get off a stop early or park further away and walk the remaining distance? 

    Perhaps the thought of long hours doing cardio isn’t your jam, but could you find something that YOU enjoy. And if you only have 30 minutes a day, could you try HIIT training, grouping exercises together or a mini workout?

    Point is, exercise really is the holy grail when it comes to how we look, move, and feel. Not much else can hold a candle up to it.

    And like I said, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at, pro athlete or every day Joe and Jane, exercise is the key to long-lasting health.

    So why shrug it off when there’s so much opportunity to move, play and have fun?

    With a huge concoction of health benefits, not just physically but in the mind too and it doesn’t matter if you play rugby like I used to, walk, climb, gymnastics, weights or whatever… It all counts. 


    P.S. If you want to be part of a growing community who loves exercise, play and getting results, the School of Calisthenics has some huge offers on at the moment and plenty of opportunities. 


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