Moving Along The Continuum of Health
Everything we do at Range of Motion is based around the Range of Motion Model of Health. For over ten year’s we’ve used this conceptual model for every single client we’ve had in our four branches. This model measures multiple measures of health, fitness or performance relative to each other, identifying weaknesses and therefore providing direction of where to focus attention for maximum return.
As a whole, the ‘wagon wheel’ provides a comprehensive snapshot of health. When examined in isolation however, each spoke gives us a ‘to do list’ of priorities to improve our health and fitness.
Each spoke exists as a continuum, and our behaviours and their outcomes determine where we sit on that continuum. For improved health, fitness, performance, happiness (or anything else really), we simply need to move our behaviours further along the continuum.
Let’s assign a spoke to ‘Exercise Consistency’. Exercising for only five minutes a week is well below recommended levels, but it’s INFINITELY BETTER than not exercising at all. For a completely sedentary individual, this is a massive step in the right direction. How about a spoke for sugar consumption? Drinking two litres of soft drink a day is a sure-fire path to chronic disease, but it’s a sure-fire path AWAY FROM chronic disease if you were previously drinking four litres.
The lesson is, something is better than nothing, and progress is better than stagnancy.
Your task is simple. Improvement. Progress. Moving along the continuum, whatever the label is on that continuum.
It doesn’t matter how big the step is, what matters is that you take it.
Dan Williams is the Director of Range of Motion. He has a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) and a Postgraduate Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science from The University of Western Australia, with minors in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology. He has worked with many thousands of individuals along the full spectrum of health, and has coached at The CrossFit Games. He regularly presents to corporate and fitness industry groups and mentors Fitness Professionals.