How would your life change if you could no longer perform the activities that you once could before?

How would your life change if you could no longer perform the activities that you once could before? 

Everyday things such as:

  • Tying your shoes
  • Picking up your grand children
  •  Doing a push-up.
  • Crawl on the floor/ground.
  •  Run a mile.
  • Getting in and out of a chair/seat.
  • Unscrew a jar.
  • Bend down and sit on the floor.
  • Get up from the floor.
  • Squat down to the floor with your heels down.
  • Forward & backward rolls on the ground.
  • Hang from a bar or tree limb.

Neck pain womanThis is not a complete list by any means.  Any of you reading this will view this from your own lens. Whether you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s etc.:  Is  there something, an activity or movement, you wish you could do or be able to do better?  What is this activity/movement ?;  and what type of conditioning are you doing to address this “perceived” deficit?

There are approximately 360 joints in the human body, of these the arms, legs, and spinal joints make up approximately 150 of this total.  Joints wear out for two reasons:

  • (1) They are stressed unevenly via poor body mechanics.
  • (2) They are not stressed enough due to a lack of movement.

The joints in your body get stressed through movement, both weight bearing and non-JAWBONEweight bearing activities. There are three elements to movement that are essential to address throughout our life time in order help our body’s joints to wear well.   Most of us are aware that we must move much more than we are tending to move on a daily basis.  This is what I refer to as movement quantity, think of this as the first of three elements of movement.

The high tech world we live in has encouraged us all to move much less.  Now we are using technology to track our steps, heart rate, blood pressure etc .in the form of the Fit Bit.  This use of technology has helped people get up off the couch and moving more.

What technology has not figured out is the movement quality piece.  Movement quality, the second element of movement, can be defined as the “HOW” we move. This relates to how we execute different types of movement, e.g. bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, turning, etc.  It is this aspect of movement that many of us do not address very well.  The last element of movement is the utilization of many different types of movement, e.g.squat, lunge, pull, push, and  rotate using as much of the body as possible.

primal movement crawl

Now that you have been exposed to the three elements of movement:

  • Movement quantity.
  • Movement quality.
  • Movement diversity.

I invite you to think about your current way of exercising relative to the above mentioned three elements of movement.  In my next post I will elaborate on both movement quality and movement diversity.  Until then send me your responses to the above mentioned question:

How would your life change if you could no longer perform the activities that you once could before?

 

 

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