The Nature Of Movement
Updated: Jan 10, 2020
How much and how often do you move?
Your body is mechanical in nature; it’s designed (or evolved) for very specific functions.
The study of biomechanics (and human movement) is very real and something I was personally introduced to during my sports science degree.
Now take a moment to think about this.
The car has barely been around for 100 years.
Modern human however, has been traced back to at least 300,000 years. Our bodies were made to move.
Your body was made to walk, run, jump, squat, roll, hang, climb, lift, drag, balance and more.
This is how it was done for nearly 300,000 years.
We hunted, gathered berries, escaped from predators, we dug holes, carried water, climbed, swam and the rest of it.
Today, because of the advancements in technology and fundamental shifts in lifestyle (and the type of work we do), movement has become more recreational, rather than functional.
What used to occur naturally, you now pay good money for and even then, it’s difficult to stay motivated enough to go regularly.
Modern exercise programs also tend to miss the point and remain closed in terms of the types of skills you perform, or at the very least remain limited, rarely capturing the full range of movement your body was made for and is capable of.
The disconnect people feel when removed from a natural environment is very real.
It's no wonder you may feel restless or stressed. Your body simple needs you to move, but move in it's most natural ways.
You can’t undo 300,000 years in less than 100 and even then, there is the broader philosophical question about where we came from and why we are here in the first place.