I recently stumbled across this amazing woman named Katy Bowman, who is a Biomechanist in the USA. She wrote a book called ‘Move Your DNA’ (which I have ordered and eagerly awaiting arrival!). Check out her little video…
Being a Nutritionist & Exercise Physiologist, I loved the parallel she drew with nutrition & movement. Most of us know that we need to eat a variety of natural foods every day, to ensure we get all of the essential vitamins, minerals and other compounds our bodies need.
But have you ever stopped to think about all of the different types of movement we need??
As traditional hunter/gatherers, our bodies are designed to do a lot of walking, short sprints, deep squats, bending, lifting & climbing. Our bodies were NOT designed to sit in chairs and stare at screens all day.
If you exercise regularly, then that is awesome. But check in, are you doing the SAME kind of exercise every week? Do you sit in a chair for 8 hours a day at work, then spend 30min at the gym or walking the dog after work, to then go home and spend even more time sitting???!
In other words…are you eating the exact same meal day in day out????
Yes you might be getting the recommended ’30-minutes a day’….but lets face it, latest research in the field has clearly shown that this is NOT ENOUGH, especially if you work in a sedentary job.
This topic excites me because I’m a bit of a movement/exercise nerd, and I believe the world needs a new paradigm on exercise & movement. Not everyone likes going to a gym or playing sport…and that is totally fine! I don’t enjoy gym environments much these days anymore either, with the stressful doof doof music, stale sweat smells and testosterone fuelled egos.
But I love to move!!
And these days its more about what I find pleasurable. I love to stroll on the beach, hula hoop, dance in the lounge room, garden, practice yoga & pilates and swim! I sit on a fit ball on my computer, and am aware of my posture. Sitting feels wrong in my body. What about yours?
Start bringing awareness to all of your ‘movements’ (or lack of!) during the day, rather than how much ‘exercise’ you are doing. If you sit at computer all day, then I hope you are taking notice!!
- Can you change your computer set up to stand?
- Squat on the floor when playing with your kids, tidying the house, or weeding the garden.
- Stand tall and on both feet when standing in line at the supermarket, or waiting for your coffee.
- Lie on your tummy on the floor instead of slumped on the couch.
- Keep a straight back while vacuuming and unloading the groceries
- Switch on your core muscles when manoeuvring the supermarket trolley
Maybe we need to think about doing a ‘movement detox’ like we do with a ‘food detox’??!!!!
Food (or movement) for thought 😉
Love Ngaire xox