Get Up and Move

Why the Name?

On the basis of the statement and song title “Get Up, Stand Up” (Bob Marley and Peter Tosh) the name of this site has been chosen “Get Up And Move”, with the intention to provide some tips & tricks to engage in moderate sport activities, but of course with less or none political context.
Another intention is, to provide some resources, which might be useful, if you know someone, be it friends, family, the significant other or colleagues, who might benefit from an advice presented with a wink.

Sport everywhere!

A new religion?

Most people have some positive experience with exercises. Some of us also have made negative experiences, especially with the mandatory “training” during their younger years (especially at school).
However, sport related activities are omnipresent. Be it in the park, where joggers fulfil their daily quantum of counting miles, or on TV, where at least a third of the presented advertising is somehow related to physical activities.
And of course, let’s not forget TV. A lot of people (admiringly mostly men) are glued in front of the television whenever there is a World Cup or Grand Prix broadcasted.
But what seems fairly easy, when watching it on the TV-Screen, even most naturally gifted athletes have to go to great length, to get to the pinnacle of their respective discipline. We watch sports for the excitement and the drama: who, or which team, is going to win the tournament. For aficionados, sport is the epitome of hard work, dedication and, last but not least, victory.

How much sport is good for you?

The answer is ...

What is the motivation for our own physical exercise? The answer: “Drama and Excitement” will be true only in rare cases. Many people engage in sportive activities for health reasons. A subset of the world’s population has a bad conscience when being reminded that their own physical engagement is somehow below standards. This view might not be shared by their physician, since it is commonly accepted that sport is a good thing to do, but too much can be harmful, and there are no scientific proven quantities of how many miles to run or how many hours of yoga are actually helpful.

This commonly known adage The dose makes the poison was first expressed by Paracelsus (1493 – 1541, Swiss-German alchemists and physician) intended to indicate a very basic principle, which holds true for sports and also for food.

How much sport is good for you? This is mostly a very individual matter and cannot be answered by general rules. It seems that ever since the human race left the world of cages and woods behind them, the tendency to actually move their body declined massively, and was also a reason to coin the term couch potato. But we all know people, who have reached an old age, without any noticeable sportive activities, the venerable Winston Churchill, who spent 91 years on this plane, being one of them. Not only is he a very prominent person in British history, famous for making ample use of the so called “V-sign”, but also the author of the quote “No sports”, which seemingly expressed his conviction about the topic.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

And what happend to it ever since?

If losing weight is on your New Year’s resolution, you will be like most Americans. Every year millions of people want to lose weight, and never do.

What can you do?

Yes, you can!

Here are some tips for physical activities which you can perform with almost no equipment:

  • Tai Chi (Chinese origin) or Yoga (Indian origin)
  • Fascia Training or Pilates method (both of German origin)
  • Jogging, Aerobics or enroll into a gym (all more or less American origin)
  • Cycling (biking), Swimming or Walking
  • Rock Climbing or In-Line Skating
  • Even some sports games on a console require significantly more movement than just sitting in a chair.
  • Dancing: yes! Be it the classical variant like Waltz or one of more intense ones like Rock ’n’ Roll (and then there is Salsa, Tango, ...)
  • Buy a smart phone AND play Pokemon Go! Seriously.

The aim is not necessarily to participate or even win the next New York City Marathon (TSC). Set yourself only goals which you can realistically achieve. That means among other things:

  • Be specific: the three W’s; What, Where and When? The time specification “Next year” is not specific.
  • Start slowly, but do start. One hour yoga practice every Sunday morning is a start!
  • Find a partner. Two is already a group. A companion is a great help for motivation!
  • Get the right equipment (dress appropriate: neither jeans nor cheap sneaker will help here).
  • Chose an activity you like and enjoy! There is no point, if you have some averse feelings about the exercise itself or the environment.

And to round it up, a mischievous (slightly modified) quote, from the actor (and statesman) Ronald Reagan: Hard work never killed anybody, but why take the risk?

Live Long and Prosper!