To some, health and fitness can be a chore. But for Aaron Hannon, it’s a way of life.
“Fitness should be a lifestyle and source of energy instead of an obligation and obsession,” he says.
The former Baker University track athlete shifted from solely weights and running to workouts that incorporate mind, body and spirit — an approach some call “the movement culture.” Hannon is bringing this holistic approach to fitness to the Kansas City area. Over the last few years, he combined several exercise methods into a concept he calls Naturaletics.
Hannon didn’t roll out of bed one day and decide to make a career out of fitness. Growing up in Baldwin City, he played a different sport every season: football, basketball, baseball and track.
When it came time for college, Hannon couldn’t picture his life without a sport, which led him to participate in full-time track at Baker University.
As a decathlete, his meets consisted of 10 completely different events, which meant hours of training each day. Hannon practiced twice a day, with each workout focusing on a single event. Most practices consisted of running, but he also worked on discus, javelin and pole vaulting skills. Weight training and cross training were also a vital part of his routine.
Track events require a tremendous amount of physical and mental strength, and the outcome depends on each athlete. Hannon competed as an individual, but says his greatest motivation was the support of his teammates.
Hannon describes Naturaletics as a multidisciplinary physical movement art and lifestyle that combines sports, lifting, calisthenics, yoga and several other exercise methods.
The Naturaletics core philosophy: Using mentality and spirituality to achieve optimal health.
“You can do different things every day and still be healthy,” Hannon says, adding that consistent exercise is key to achieving results.
“Looking or appearing healthy is a mindset,” he says. “If you have a lifestyle of daily exercise, it will happen.”
Hannon teaches at four different studios in the Kansas City area, including Tim Crough Fitness in Overland Park, Be Moved Studio in Lawrence and Karma Tribe Yoga in Kansas City. Some day he hopes to open a “Movement University,” but right now, his focus is creating a community dedicated to movement.
For Hannon, movement is more than exercise — it’s an expression of the soul. Hannon uses this concept to motivate people to move every day. Additionally, he sends inspiration to the fitness world through Instagram (his username is @naturaletics13).
For those who want to get fit this summer, Hannon’s advice is simple. Fuel your body with healthy foods and move every day.
“Stay consistent with a routine — any routine,” Hannon says. “Stay in it and stay focused.”