First of all, you’re going to have to open up your mind to a new paradigm—a new way of looking at something—and accept that exercise is not movement.

Exercise is NOT movement. But natural human movement—the kind that we were engineered to do and that is programmed into our human genome—gives our tissues the correct amount of stimulation needed to keep our systems in full health. You feel bad, so you think you need medicine. But what if you just need movement? Natural human movement?

Our early human ancestors used their bodies exactly as designed, since there was nothing else but them and their natural environment. They did this by walking hours every day, bending, squatting to rest or eliminate waste, arm-carrying their infants, reaching for fruit by stretching or hanging from branches and only running in short bursts to run down prey or run from predators.

 

Ancient people

If you wanted to go there, you had to walk there.

 

In contrast, we sit for 8-16 hours per day, we drive everywhere, we hunch over electronics and wear shoes that throw our bodies off-kilter, we push our children in strollers or carry them in absurdly heavy car seats, we sit in chairs and go to the bathroom using modern seat-style toilets. Now, while this doesn’t sound like such a bad deal, all you have to do is put 2+2 together and you’ll see the problem. The rise of modern diseases—Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, back pain, joint degeneration, obesity, vascular disease and hypertension—can be linked to the increasing lack of natural human movement over the last 200 years. It’s not just the processed foods on our plates, it’s the fact that we sat on our butts for 10 hours before we sat down to eat that processed food.

 

This isn't natural?

This isn’t natural?

 

You are designed to walk. But if you don’t walk, what is going to happen to the muscles, nerves and bones that are meant for walking? Think they might weaken, get out of whack and deteriorate? Your feet are designed to support you without orthotics and without high-heels, so what do you think is going to happen if you use those things? Is there any reason for your feet to work properly if you do?

I could go on and on, but you get the drift. You don’t move as intended, and your muscles get weak, too short or too long to work properly, which in turn throws your skeleton out of alignment. If your skeleton is out of alignment, that’s when joint deterioration happens. It’s like driving a car on two flat tires—you can’t do that for long before things start to grind on each other. Did you know that over 1 million Americans each year replace their hips and knees with artificial joints? Now, why would that be?

To make it worse, you misuse your muscles and joints, then you play weekend warrior and injure yourself. Or you jump into a fitness program and end up tearing a shoulder ligament on your 5th day. Or you do something as simple as bending down to pick up some dirty socks, and end up in bed for a week with debilitating back pain. These are not problems that are indicative of old age—they are problems that are indicative of misuse and abuse. And no amount of working out, running or time at the gym can fix these patterns of misuse, overuse and abuse. They can only just perpetuate problems that already exist because of daily, lifelong habits.

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The good news is that you can learn to move the way your body was designed. You can restore muscles to their optimum length, develop or restore motor skills necessary for whole-body movement, and begin to move away from pain and disease while you move toward an active, healthy & mobile life. To not be able to move is a serious restriction of your freedom as a human being. Learn to move now while you still can. Move now so that you can later. Move Your Body Better.

 

 

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