Exercise Is Optional, Movement Is Essential

August 12, 2016


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We Have Stopped Moving

“In less than two generations, physical activity has dropped by 20% in the U.K. and 32% in the U.S. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation. Vehicles, machines and technology now do our moving for us. 

Being sedentary has become “normal”. A modern human has the luxury to ask why run? Why jump? Why climb? When everything is accessible, when you are not forced to move to catch your prey or avoid being prey. Most people have a disconnect between their mind and body. We work in jobs that don’t require our bodies, simply sitting at desks clicking mouse buttons and tapping on keyboards. The relationship between our bodies and our movement is forgotten, ignored. We only notice our bodies when “something goes wrong” with it.

What Is Movement?

“Exercise is Optional, Movement is Essential”. What is the difference? Exercise is a modern invention, an obligation or chore designed to give us a way out, a get out of jail free card that lets us believe three weekly trips to the gym lets us off the hook with our bodies. It is pain, rather than pleasure driven. It is generally focused on specificity and lacking in real skill development. Most exercise regimes use machines and isolated exercises that make us experts in movements that are not practical and are limited.

Movement is something entirely different. Movement is ancient. Movement was here first. Hunting and gathering, dancing round the fire, walking, climbing, running, jumping, crawling, lifting, swimming, fighting. These are all movements the human body is designed for. A lot of health research today points towards needing more movement in our lives, as opposed to exercise to remain healthy. For example, you could go your whole life without ever doing exercise but instead move as part of your everyday life and remain healthy.

More and more people are realizing that we need more than exercise for aesthetic reasons alone, we even need more than so called “functional training”. We need movement.

If you train, then “train movement, not muscles”. Find out what movement means to you! For most moving is being in the present, enjoying the moment. Enjoying what you are doing. You are not exercising, you are moving. Movement for movement’s sake.

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2 responses to “Exercise Is Optional, Movement Is Essential”

  1. Kaylynn Lindholm says:

    I love this! Most of the summer I have “hiked” with my dogs every night. It has turned something that I used to dread, (“taking the dogs for a walk…while I tried to get in some cardio”) into something we all enjoy. Even on the nights I am busy and don’t really have time to go…my dogs remind me it is time to get out and move! Now I find myself planning the hike time before anything else.

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