What does youth sport have to do with fitness, weight loss, and life satisfaction in adults?
Much more than you think!
Navigating kids through youth sport these days is an interesting process and MUCH different than when I was young (back in the dark ages of the 70’s and 80’s).
The changes since that time shed light on the biggest challenges many adults face today.
If you have kids in sport, you may be familiar with Canada’s Long-term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). The image shown is a short graphic representation, but more can be found at LTAD.ca
The LTAD model is a fantastic document outlining the steps for children from toddlers to Olympic champions. It also has a lot to teach us about our own health, fitness, wellbeing and happiness through life.
Unfortunately, this developmental model wasn’t around when most of us were kids, and it shows in the mindset many people have these days about health, fitness, and exercise.
Back in the day, most sport (particularly school sports and “gym” class) was a “survival of the fittest” contest and focussed on forcing people to do specific team based sports or acheive a particular standard of (quantitative) performance.
This has left a legacy of negativity around health and fitness that persists today.
The good news is that this, like any other aspect of mindset, can be changed!
I was reviewing the LTAD model after a conversation I had with my two young kids (10 and 12), and realized that the it is very similar in philosophy to my Movement Spectrum model.
Both models have the goal of building foundational skills and enjoyment over time. They also create a framework from which people can successfully be active for their entire life.
A failure to follow these (or similar models) is why so many people struggle to reach their health and fitness goals.
When you view goals through an aesthetic lens you see exercise as a necessary “chore” that must be done to accomplish a narrow goal.
This perspective misses the bigger picture and takes focus away from the most important part…the PROCESS and journey of BECOMING a healthy, fit, active person for life.
When you pursue a narrow, short term goal (e.g. to lose 10 pounds), without keeping the big picture in mind, long term results are more difficult to maintain. Of course, I’m assuming you want to keep your hard earned results!
Remember that short term goals are part of the picture, but lasting results are created by having a strong emotional connection to the end result you want to accomplish.
How to properly set the foundation for an active, vibrant life:
- Understand that health, fitness, and activity are lifelong habits
- Realize that health and activity must be enjoyable to last
- Learn specific foundational skills
- Embrace and enjoying that learning process
- Continually adapt and evolve your activities over time
Over the next couple emails, I will dive into specific details to help you understand and implement this philosophy in your life.
Here’s what you can expect:
Part 2 of 3 – The biggest mistake adults make about exercise…and how to shift your perspective
- Highlighting key knowledge and Skills to develop (Posture, breathing, bracing, alignment, activation, primal patterns)
- How this speaks to the mindset around learning
- Discuss Chronological age vs. training age
Part 3 of 3 – Tying it all together and how to get started
- Overcoming the biggest challenge of the fitness and nutrition perspective (The Fitness Curveball #1)
- Shifting to a long-term lifestyle, learning, and personal development based model sets the stage for greater and more impactful change.
- Evaluate your beliefs around fitness, exercise, health, and they type of person you believe yourself to be
- Specific activities to get you started!
What thoughts and beliefs do you have around fitness, exercise, and health?
I would love to hear them!
Have a great day.
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