By Coach KB

(If you are new to the POINT Gym and Kitchen blog and want to learn what the Movement Minute Challenge is all about, check out the introductory post here.)

This week’s Movement Minute is inspired by Darryl Edwards, founder of the PRIMAL Play methodology and author of Paleo Fitness. My short version of his bio probably sounds familiar to many of us - he was working in technology in banking and had several health issues and was unhappy. He sat all day long and hated the idea of going to a “big box gym” like 24-Hour Fitness to work out. I’m sure by now we are all familiar with the studies showing that sitting all the time is horrible for our health so I’ll spare you the details, but, long story short, he left his job and regained his health through developing his PRIMAL Play model and focusing on his nutrition. Rather than give my own take on it, I think his words speak exactly to what this MM is all about. PRIMALITY is his acronym for how our movement should interact with our surroundings. Here is how he describes it on his Liberated Body podcast interview:

P is for play-based movement.

R is movement that should be regenerative. A lot of movement practices we follow tend to be quite destructive and are making us prone to injury. It should be promoting youthfulness.

I is for instinctive movement. A lot of those movements we have completely lost touch with: climbing, crawling, etc. We can lose those abilities.

M is for mindfulness when it comes to movement. It’s about a meditation; you have to get into the zone. If you’re so focused on the moment and time disappears and you are just enjoying what you are doing in the moment- that’s very natural. It’s a return to what we had as a child. As opposed to being focused on the end result, or the workout ending.

A is for adaptation. As omnivores when it comes to food, we should be omnivores with movement too. We are designed to be movement generalists, not movement specialists. We need that diversity and range of movements.

L is life-giving and life-enhancing. It should make you feel alive, and not make you feel as if you want to die!

I is about integration of movement. Rather than thinking about the biceps or triceps, or back, etc, asking how you can get your whole body engaged. And also integration into your day. Instead of being sedentary for most of the day and then having 30 minutes when you exercise, trying to be opportunistic about your movement.

T is for tactical. Or doing whatever you can do to improve where you are.

Y is what really fascinates me: youthfulness and the vitality that comes from moving. What I realize I really want from movement is to be independent for as long as possible.

This week, my Movement Minute Challenge for all of you is to spend AT LEAST one minute engaging in play-based movement. This is easy at a playground with your kids. It is a little harder at a playground with another adult because you have to let go of your ego. If you are not at a playground, find someone else to engage with you in one of these two ways:

1) Non-contact, slo-mo, play fighting with sound effects!

2) Crouch/squat super low to the ground and jump up and high-five each other! Alternate hands. Spin around. Have fun!


*This Movement Minute was inspired by Episode 16 of the Liberated Body podcast. Unlike the other MMs I copied and pasted content from this episode’s show notes because of the nature of the material.