We are a society obsessed with maintaining youth from the outside in. However, Adara Movement works from the inside out.
Opposed to Lifespan, there's a term gaining popularity called Healthspan, defined as the number of healthy functional years a person lives.
We are now living significantly longer lives than we did a century ago; however, the latter years often require a lot of medical support. Are documented "age-related" changes more linked to a change in activity?
Neuroscientist and author of Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and Mind Guide Each Other Through Life, Scott Grafton, says that "Physical activity can be thought of as the single factor having the largest effect that benefits mental health, body and brain structure, and longevity."
Physical activity is when we explore our environment through movement. Historically, our search for food or a mate drove us to be physically active. Today, we have to be more intentional about integrating activity into our day as our environment no longer places the demand to move out of necessity. Exercise is a modern phenomenon and involves planned voluntary physical activity for the sake of physical fitness. Restorative or foundational movement supplements are often necessary to allow us to be as physically active as possible.
Typically we look at the effects of strength training and aerobic exercise. Well demonstrated is the following:
1) muscle mass maintenance is related to improved metabolic regulation
2) aerobic exercise's cardiovascular benefits.
The following are 2 more holistic effects of movement that are being studied at a cellular level:
Mechanotransduction refers to the fact that cells respond to mechanical stimuli or movement. The tissue that transmits the mechanical stress to our cells is called fascia. How frequently we move and the way we move mechanically loads the fascial net. To maintain the force transmitting capacity of fascia, we need to stimulate or move it actively. Fascial tissue loses elasticity and force transmitting capacity in more sedentary individuals with the effect of decreased cellular activation or metabolism. In other words, ageing.
Neuroplasticity refers to how our physical activity affects the brain's capacity to change through growth and reorganization. Bringing attention to our body's sensation and proprioception while moving and shifting from habitual to more intentional movement is part of this rewiring. The brain tweaks to subtlety, so it is also crucial that we move slowly and without excessive force. Finally, moving in novel ways and acquiring new skills promotes neuroplasticity.
What we do and how we do it are both essential when it comes to exercise or movement supplementation. At Adara, we give special attention to the aspects of movement that promote healthy ageing. It is possible to maintain ease of movement for a lifetime and, in doing so, prevent some of what we previously thought were inevitable consequences of ageing.