Eberl: rituals are the key to fitness

Eberl: rituals are the key to fitness

Thomas Eberl is a graduate sports scientist, fitness and health coach. In his lecture "Topfit mit minimalem Aufwand" he shows ways that help in everyday life to become fit – and with little time expenditure. Before taking to the podium at the Health Day in the BZV Medienhaus, Eberl spoke with Tobias Feuerhahn about effective exercises and what minimal-continuous training means.

Mr. Eberl, how can I stay fit while standing at the supermarket checkout??

This topic is now a bit hackneyed. The point for me is to appeal to body awareness. The basic theme is: you can do a lot with a little. And there I like to explain the principle of minimal continuity.

What is that exactly?

The tool and the principle of minimal continuity is the ritual. To train ritualized means, you do it every day at a fixed place. And we don't go to the supermarket every day. That's why it's not the ideal anchor. The ideal anchor is a fixed point in time every day. Perhaps rituals already exist and something new is attached to them.

What kind of training exercise should become a ritual?

This does not mean push-ups, but special exercises that can be used to work on and stop physical ailments. The procedure is short and concise, but quite structured and quite clear.

Do you have an example ready?

It is a matter of identifying a problem and counteracting it in a targeted manner. The shoulder joint, for example, has a tendency to contract. A craftsman, for example, should therefore try to pull his humeral head out of the joint. That is, you take a dumbbell or a heavy weight in your hand and just let your arm hang down. This is how the arm is pulled out of the joint.

And by counteracting, serious injuries can be avoided …

Exactly. Most people only come into contact with the most effective exercises during rehabilitation measures after an operation. My idea is to simply omit the operation and start it at an earlier point in time.