You are how you move

You are how you move

We move everyday… but do we really? Why is this even important? This topic is so deep and complex that it’s hard to find a place to start. But, we’ll start here:

How many times have you seen someone move so fluidly that it was majestic? Maybe they had a gorgeous squat, or they could raise their foot above their head, or better yet, could do the splits… and the first thing that you thought was “I could never do that”.

Yeah, exactly. The thing is, we all have bodies and even though each and every one of our bodies experiences the world differently (ie. gets fuelled differently, gets carried differently throughout the day) we are all engineered to MOVE. You guys, we literally ARE HOW WE MOVE. How we think about ourselves and our mood, what we wear, what we eat, and what we do throughout the day dictates how our bodies move. Why is that important? Well, because we live in a world designed for convenience, and convenience means ease of living, and consequently, not moving. Interestingly enough, not moving leads to Dis-ease.

The definition of disease as found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary states “ a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms”. A body that doesn’t move well, or isn’t prepared to move experiences pain, and worse, gets injured. Makes sense right? As a culture, we are at an unprecedented level of disease and injury. But wait, there’s a pill for that, right? Wrong.

When people ask what I do, I talk about Flux, a practice we run out of Carpe Diem CrossFit that utilizes an alternative approach to correcting poor movement and aiding injury recovery and prevention.  A very typical response is a sarcastic “Oh, great, surprising, CrossFit created it’s own industry for healthcare”. I kindly respond with no. People who become injured as a result of exercise do so because of life. It’s not CrossFit that hurt them, it’s that the majority of their day is stagnant and stationary and spent sitting, actually. Insert rant about how it isn’t CrossFit that’s dangerous, it’s regular people attempting to get through “complex” (read:functional) movements when they move very poorly. When you don’t use your range of motion, you lose your range of motion. When you then try to use this lost range of motion (ie. during exercise), much of the time that range of motion is stolen from a host of other compensatory actions. You may see how this can become problematic.

Sitting has changed the way our body (that were designed for movement) works, because we are no longer moving. If you don’t believe this information applies to you, pick up the book DESKBOUND, by Dr. Kelly Starrett, Glen Cordoza, and Juliet Starrett. Or visit Standupkids.org to read the mounting facts science has towards the harmful effects of sitting.

If you spend fourteen hours of your day sitting, but still make it to a hard 1-hour workout, every day, you are still considered a sedentary individual, and chances are that 1-hour workout doesn’t negate the 14 hours you spent sitting.

Do you experience pain when you run? Do you have chronic back pain (at the ripe age of 25)? It’s time to take those steps to become a mover once again.

You are how you move.

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