Making Good Movement Choices – 3 Principles

We are always moving.

In organized sports and exercise, we are developing our bodies and specific skills on purpose, often near the upper limits of our fitness levels.

In our everyday activities, we are walking, climbing, bending, twisting and lifting as we work in our homes and jobs, and interact with family, friends and pets. Even when we are standing still, our bodies are moving – balancing around our centre to keep us upright.

Following just three basic principles helps us to move easily and avoid injuries.

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Using Gravity & Ground Force

To Move with Ease

Effortless movement is when you feel the whole body is participating with ease. Every joint is optimally centered to transfer motion or force, with layers of fascia open and participating in energy transfer.

Sounds blissful. The irony is that “ease” comes through a relaxed relationship with the powerful forces of gravity and its opposite – ground force.

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How Exercise Improves Our Bodies

We exercise to enable better movement in our daily activities and sports. This is how it works.

Our training exercises put a mechanical load (stress) on tissues or organs. Our bodies respond chemically to adapt to this physical stress. And the results are structural changes to tissues, muscles and ligaments that improve our strength and mobility.

This 3-part natural process can be enhanced or disrupted by the choices we make.

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Heart (and Circulation) Healthy Movement

heart healthy movementMost of see our hearts as muscular pumps that need to be challenged to stay in top condition. But this is not the whole story.

Our hearts are part of our cardiovascular system that extends throughout our bodies – arteries carrying oxygenated blood, veins carrying waste carbon dioxide (CO2) and a vast network of tiny capillaries.

The best way to look after this whole system is through full body movement.

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Tune Up the Fascia

Fascia performs many vital functions – connecting our biotensegrity structure, transferring force to enable movement, joining our systems, supporting our major organs and carrying nutrition and waste to and from our cells.

Recognizing the importance of fascia and including it in your exercise plans pays big dividends. Exercise your fascia and improve your movement. Use that improvement and keep exercising your fascia. Now the benefits are compounding. It’s a great investment in your long term mobility and health.

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To Recover – Skip the Ice

recovery childs poseI define “recovery” as body positions or moves that benefit the body’s internal systems. Artificial shortcuts don’t help.

A good recovery helps you prepare for better movement because movement and recovery are complementary. Quality movement improves recovery, and quality recovery improves movement.

Many people misunderstand the recovery part of the cycle and try to replace it with quick fixes that compromise the healthy body’s natural ability to circulate and self-regulate. Here’s my list of worst offenders.

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