One secret to a youthful appearance is becoming unceasingly active. I call it, “artful restlessness.”
When designing a fitness program, I purposely keep them moving and changing. I make sure they never fall into a routine. That’s because I know the impact of this approach.
Fitness professionals tend to be one step (or more) ahead of the scientific community in understanding the body. Working closely with individuals, we sense things not yet studied, quantified, and reported in scientific journal. We’ve known ahead of the official studies that exercise does more than improve us physically. It reshapes how we see the world, and how the world sees us.
One way does this: it keeps us young.
Now a scientific study proves what fitness professionals have known all along. This week, The New York Times reported on a study in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, two or more days of weight training each week, not only strengthens and builds muscle, but it improves our mobility, and slows the brain’s loss of white matter. What’s that mean? Exercise slows the aging of our brains.
Developing a greater intuitive feel for the strength and potential of the body has been the cornerstone of my fitness training for 30 years. I’ve watched countless clients experience the age-defying effects of strength training. When my clients were in the right mind, we saw results that were hard to explain. You could see change in their face, in their demeanor, and in their walk. It’s that simple. When you’re fit, you don’t fall prey to our society’s gradual reinforcement of old age and limitation. You feel so good, and your body performs so well that everything works to slow down the aging process.
People routinely think my clients (and even me, too) are much younger than they really are. It typically doesn’t take long for friends and family to ask what they’re doing to look so young soon after they begin training with me. The fact is they appear younger and begin acting that way.
While the scientist might herald this as a miraculous finding, to me it’s no miracle. It’s the logical result of aligning mind, motivation, and movement—the fundamentals of my work.
So the next time someone suggests you should slow down and take it easy, tell them you’re practicing artful restlessness–the Kacy Duke way.