What is the Everyday Athlete?
In the U.S.A. and U.K., approximately 60% of all adults aged between 18-64 are completely sedentary. They do no intended exercise, have completely inactive jobs and spend more than 14 hours per day sitting on various types of chairs (sofas, office chairs, dining chairs, car seats, etc). A further 20% of all adults do a little bit of daily movement, but not enough to maintain health.
The remaining 20% of all adults regularly exercise to an adequate degree. What does adequate mean? This differs slightly from one government organization to another, but generally, it’s quite a small amount of regular exercise. By this I mean, 30 minutes of brisk walking or jogging per day and some regular resistance training to help with strength and bone density.
According the Oxford English dictionary the definition of athlete is, “A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.”
Therefore, the Everyday Athlete is a person who is proficient at their everyday physical activity and exercise regimen. Consider the following scale of athleticism:
9 – 10: Elite performer
3 – 8: Everyday Athlete
1 – 2: Pre-athletic
0: Couch Commando
Bear in mind that 60% of the adult population would score zero out of ten on this athleticism scale because they’re completely sedentary. A further 20% sit in the pre-athletic section of one to two out of ten. The vast majority of the remaining 20% are Everyday Athletes.
The Everyday Athlete is someone who cares about his or her health enough to do something about it and has reached at least a very basic level of fitness. The Everyday Athlete is someone who regularly partakes in purposeful physical activity and/or has an active lifestyle and job. If you are reading this, you probably are the Everyday Athlete. The Everyday Athlete has a degree of knowledge about how he or she should carry out an exercise regime. This degree of knowledge is hugely variable depending on sources, education, experience, background and environment. Going back to our definition of Everyday Athlete, it is the level of proficiency at planning daily activities and exercise that we are interested in.
At Strength Matters, it is our goal to educate the Everyday Athlete in best practices for developing his or her everyday athleticism. We want you to be able to continue to grow stronger and healthier as you age. In order to do this, we have established a number of core components that make up complete athleticism. We’ll explore and explain these in more detail in the next blog post, but they are:
- Mental Toughness
- Balance & Coordination
By following the forthcoming series of blogs and watching the Whiteboard Wednesdays, the Everyday Athlete will learn:
- How each of these nine components relate to his or her everyday life
- The importance of maintaining or developing these for the sake of health and longevity and for the sake of achieving his or her fitness goals
- How to self-assess to determine his or her strengths and weaknesses
- How to put a series of exercises together to form a basic program, whether it be for the home or gym
It’s easy to make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to program design, but we’ve made it as simple as possible. In our humble opinion there are seven human movement patterns:
All of which should be present in daily movement and all training programs. If not, the ability to perform such a movement pattern may be lost because the brain operates by a “use it or lose it” principle. For those who are familiar with the works of Dan John, Paul Chek or Steve Maxwell, you may have seen these before in one form or other. We look forward to geeking out over the coming weeks and empowering and educating you as much as we can.
Director of Athletic Development