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.)
We are to the ancestral human what the chihuahua is to the wolf. We are domesticated, weak, and could not survive very long in the wild.
This is one of the observations made by Erwan LeCorre, founder of the MovNat training method. His training method incorporates instruction to relearn what our bodies want to do naturally. Natural movement to us as humans means the skills practiced in the wild by our ancestors - crawling, walking, balancing, climbing, running, lifting, jumping, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, etc. - all practical and adaptable to a variety of situations and environments.
But we don’t live in the past anymore; we live in a very modern world with modern conveniences. So why would we need to mimic the movement patterns of our ancestors?
Our modern society tries to make us believe that we no longer need to move in these ways but it is, in fact, a biological necessity. Our cells and systems need movement in order to function properly. And, if you just take a look around, those who do not move their bodies frequently are typically less healthy, less happy and have a poorer quality of life compared to those that do move often and in these ways.
So no, we may not have to hunt for our food anymore but we are still human. And those of us who have an exercise regimen are better off than most. But imagine if you had a crummy diet but took a multivitamin 3-5x per week. You would obviously still be unhealthy. Similarly, you cannot simply “work out” 3-5x per week and expect it to change your life if the rest of your hours are spent sedentary. You must get moving.
You don’t need to be fit to get moving but you do need to get moving to be fit, which brings us to this week’s Movement Minute:
This week my challenge to you is to spend AT LEAST one minute per day moving when you would otherwise be sitting. When the day is done and you get home and want to plop yourself on the couch for a bit before making dinner, force yourself to walk around your house or apartment for a minute. Climb up and down the stairs or just walk out to the backyard or do a lap in each room of your house… Maybe do some squats in each room... Maybe practice a previous Movement Minute and spend a minute crawling around your house... Just move for a minute before sitting down.
Alternate Movement Minute:
If your movement practice is already frequent and varied, just spend at least one minute per day imagining how our ancestors would use the movement you are currently engaged in during this exercise. If you are simply walking down the street, how would ancestral people be walking? If you are in the gym doing squats, why would your ancestors be squatting? You can also watch children play on the playground. Kids complete natural and uninhibited movements of running, jumping, and climbing without worry about time or reps. It can be a great inspiration to want to get ourselves back to a place of natural movement.
A lot of the language from this Movement Minute was taken from the interview with Erwan LeCorre on Episode 5 of the Liberated Body podcast. The direct words were too perfect to change. I highly recommend listening to the interview to be inspired to get up, get out, and get moving!