With our ever increasing ‘sit’ time – whether in front of computers, television, commuting, or flying – less movement means our bodies are suffering in different and profound ways. Namely, bones aren’t quite as dense as they once were; muscles aren’t as developed; even our faces are differently shaped (just look at the jaw line on a Franklin!).
There is a new movement in exercise fitness (pun intended). Some of the smarter health professionals are getting back to the basics and integrating more foundational movement patterns. Because we are losing what initially contributed to our development and balanced alignment, CRAWLING is making it’s way out of the playpen and into the gym.
To start off my 2015 exercise focus, #MoveEveryday, I’ve been crawling through the house. From the kitchen through the living room and down the hall is 20 full crawls. And just to be clear, there isn’t anything special about it. It’s just, you know, crawling on my hands and knees.
The results I’ve experienced are pretty incredible after just a few days: I have this old SI injury that holds a pattern of tension from scar tissue – that isn’t tense anymore; It used to be difficult to reach the colander on the top shelf – no problem now; My ribs had a slight flexion pattern that effected my neck rotation – no flexion, full neck range of motion.
The down side: There is something wonky about my left knee because it sounds like so much crunching. I have to limit my crawl time on the hard wood until I can get my knee aligned. But that won’t stop me entirely – show me some carpet, and I’m down on it (with hands and knees).
2015 is sure to be a transitional year – let’s make the Move to ‘Healthier’, together.