MOving is the key
As soon as we think about being healthy and fit we think about sports, strength training, workouts, sweating and making an effort.
Many times we torture our bodies to reach what we think is health and fitness.
The key to a healthy productive mobile life is very simple. Just move. It is not the lack of exercise or the lack of training that makes you unfit, it is the lack of movement. Simple movement, walking, sitting and standing, squatting, jumping, running, etc.
The average American sits for 13 hs a day. Europeans slightly less. Do you know what would happen to you body if you had to sit on the floor for 13 hs? We sit on chairs or couches. There is nothing inherently wrong with sitting. It is just that when sitting we don't move. Even if you get one of those fancy office tables that allow you to work standing up... they have not really made people healthier: You are still not moving if you are standing up by your desk.
I recently read that you should do 20 squats for every hour you are sitting. Squatting is one of the most important movements we can do. If we did not have toilets we would be squatting at least once a day if you are a man and several more times if you are a woman. Squatting is the best position to give birth. In many parts of the world it is still the way people sit while cooking, eating or just resting.
To reclaim the health and strength of our bodies it is not enough to hit the gym for 1hr every day after being sitting down for 12hs! Move Move Move.
Crawling is one of the first distance locomotion we develop as babies, right after sitting and a few months after we discover that rolling is how we can initially move from A to B.
Crawling activates your reflexive core strength. This strength that develops without having to think about it. This strength is what we start using as soon as we come into this world. First to to move our head, then to roll, to rock, to crawl and finally to walk.
Crawling connects your upper body with your lower body so they can work together, it establishes the contralateral movement of your limbs and develops your gait pattern, it stabilizes your pelvis and ultimately allow upright locomotion.
We live in a world that has made it really easy to go about without using the whole potential of movement we are born with. We sit in chairs for too long, we have rearview cameras in our cars, we are isolated with shoes from the earth that supports us most of our days, etc. Our body is so efficient that any muscle we don’t use, any neuronal pathway that is redundant, we lose. Losing this connections means that other muscles have to compensate for this loss and that is how we get injured and develop moving pain.
Start crawling and restore your @originalstrength.
How do you crawl?
Get down on your all 4s, lift your head and look where you are going and go. You can make it more challenging by lifting your knees off the floor (but just 1 inch). Your shoulders should be always higher than your hips.