For most of my life I've been very physically active but awhile back I reached a point where I was spending the majority of my time at a desk and falling into bad postures habits. This, plus a series of interesting injuries, led me to the discovery that I have two bulging discs in my cervical spine and another in my lumbar spine. I began chiropractics, acupuncture and other treatments but determined physical activity was a key to reclaiming my mobility and autonomy.
After some research I threw out everything I knew about working out (weight training exacerbated my spinal issues) and began testing programs that were based on calisthenics and bodyweight training.
Over the months I've tried and tested a number of programs and become a dedicated follower of www.GMB.io. The workouts are clearly designed, emphasize safety, self-evaluation using criteria beyond speed and reps, and show results. In the few months I've been following the program I've become much stronger and flexible. In addition, I've suffered far fewer issues with my spine.
There are eleven main programs that you can buy from the site and they're yours to keep and repeat. I suggest starting with Elements program which focuses on the movements of the bear, monkey and frog. It sounds a little silly but its a blast, a great workout and a solid introduction to the GMB focus on mobility. Working out shouldn't be something you dread. It should kick your ass and be fun. As an extra bonus: many of the workouts don't require gear so they travel well. I've completed workouts in hotels, hallways, gyms and even the airport. I don't even have a gym membership anymore.
I've subscribed to their Alpha-posse, which means I have access to the forums, and found this to be a valuable resource. The community is knowledgable and happy to help a newbie answer questions and find the right programs.
Why focus on fitness? Because if you're healthy, clear-headed and full of energy you're more able to respond to creative challenges both personally and professionally.
If you're thinking about changing your regimen or considering taking steps to live more fit and flexible this is a great place to start.