Often, fitting into social norms.
“The man” telling you what to do (or how to be).
But healthy movement is actually more interesting, liberating, and, frankly, crucial than all that.
In my years as a health and fitness coach, here’s the most important thing I’ve discovered: Developing a body that moves well is the ticket to a place where you feel — finally — capable, confident, and free.
We are all, literally, born to move
It’s no secret: Human life has become structured in a way that makes it very easy to avoid movement.
We sit in cars on the way to work. At work we sit at our desks for much of the day. Then we come home and sit down to relax.
That’s not what our bodies are built for, so creaky knees, stiff backs, and “I can’t keep up with my toddler!” have become the norm.
Sure, if you can’t move well, it may be a sign that you aren’t as healthy as you could be. But the quality and quantity of your daily movement — your strength and agility — are actually markers for something much more important.
In my line of work, you watch a lot of people lose a lot of weight. The results would shock you — and I’m not talking about how they look on the beach in their bathing suits (although there is always a big celebration for that).
Most often, the thing people are most excited about after they go from heavy and stiff to lean and agile is this feeling that they’re now living better.
They notice they’re:
- more energetic and young-feeling,
- able to do things they’ve been putting off for years,
- proud of their lifestyle, and
- free from many of the anxieties and limitations that held them back for so long.
They’re happier, but not just because they wanted to look better, and now they do. They’re happier because their bodies now work like they’re supposed to. They can now do things they know they ought to be able to do.
As humans, we move our bodies to express our wants, needs, emotions, thoughts, and ideas. Ultimately, how well we move — and how much we move — determines how well we engage with the world and establish our larger purpose in life.
If you move well, you also think, feel, and live well.
It’s proven that healthy movement helps us:
- Feel well, physically and emotionally
- Function productively
- Think, learn, and remember
- Interact with the world
- Communicate and express ourselves
- Connect and build relationships with others
We don’t need “workouts” to move.
Shocking secret: There’s nothing magic about a resistance circuit, the bootcamp class at your gym, or the latest branded training method.
Our ancestors didn’t need to “work out” when they were walking, climbing, running, crawling, swimming, clambering, hauling, digging, squatting, throwing, and carrying things to survive. Nor did they need an “exercise class” when they ran to get places, danced to share stories or celebrate rituals, or simply… played.
“Working out” is just an artificial way to get us to do what our bodies have, for most of human history, known and loved — regular movements we lost and forgot as we matured as a species.
We may not hunt for dinner anymore, and we may opt for the elevator more often than not.
We may move less. But movement is still programmed into the human brain as a critical aspect of how we engage with the world.
Therefore, to not move is a loss much, much greater than your pant size.
What to do next
1. Pay attention to how it feels to move.
2. Consider whether you’re moving as well as you could.
Do you feel confident and capable? Ninja-ready for anything?
When was the last time you tried learning new movement skills?
3. Think about other ways to move.
If you’re working out a certain way because you think you “should”, but it’s not fitting your body well, consider other options.
Or, if your current workout is going great but you’re curious about other possibilities, consider expanding your movement repertoire anyway.
4. Help your body do its job with good nutrition.
Quality movement requires quality nutrition. And just like your movements, your nutritional needs are unique to you.
If you feel like you need help on these fronts, get it.
A good fitness and nutrition coach can:
- help you find activities that suit your body.
- review your nutrition and offer advice on how to improve your diet (even if your life is hectic).
- help you identify any potential food sensitivities that could be causing or worsening inflammation and thus restricting your movements.
I help lots of people eat, move and live better and I’d love to help you too. Just hit me up on my Facebook Page or drop a comment below with your questions and concerns.
Committed to YOUR success,