The Secret to Health is How you Move
Stiffness, obesity, poor coordination, and being uncomfortable in your body comes from a sheer lack of plain, ordinary "forgotten" body movements. Movements like squatting, climbing, hanging, building, carrying weight etc. Such movements are so natural to adults in less "civilized" cultures. Western physical behavior has been damaged by its own lifestyle. Civilised people are no longer comfortable living on the floor. With an excess of beds, sofas, chairs and tables, we have lost contact with the ground. Only our feet ever touch the ground. The result is a loss of basic functions in the body, like, for example, catching oneself when stumbling or falling. To make up for this inability to move at kneeling, squatting, or crawling level, people resort to gyms, yoga and health resorts.
How has this happened?
Even there, in the fitness industry, very little attention is paid to a simple, yet so rich human body movement vocabulary we all possess deep inside our genes, from when we were more active as children. By taking you back to the roots of human movement behavior, with some useful tips and videos, this article hopes to reawaken your interest in your own daily body movements. You will soon discover how easy and how much fun it is to move better to become strong, supple, and agile again. But first we must face facts. Why do I need to write this article? Because, I, as a size 12 female, I now belong to a minority. Everyone around me is podgy. Why?
The Obesity Pandemic
How can you become a better mover if you are too fat to move well? With 2/3rd of adults and 15% of children under ten being overweight, confused by jargon which claims to disclose what additives and preservatives are lurking in food, the consumer needs a PhD in nutrition to make sense of it all.
We examine current trends in lifestyle and nutrition and offer a new, easier approach to getting fit. Our motto is No Pain, Just Gain. Here you will lose feelings of guilt, gain confidence and learn how to be more aware of your body by sheer fun and logic. But first, let us find the real culprits of the poor state of fitness and health in the majority population.
The Food Industry
For too long have we turned a blind eye to the food industry. Where can we find real, healthy living food that is not infected, packaged, preserved, frozen-and-refrozen? What is the truth about food production, in particular, how are the meat and dairy industries run? Learn more in the next video.
Mark Bittman on What is Wrong with what we Eat
Why Do We Eat?
Eating is the most basic need for survival but now cooking has become entertainment, TV shows, hobby, art, and competitive sport, aiming to fulfil all human desires. Is today's Western attitude to feeding oneself perhaps still at a Baroque, maybe even at a decadent Roman stage of cultural evolution? Our ever clever civilization has forgotten that the purpose of eating is to maintain the shape and strength of the body. With this in mind, it seems inappropriate to encourage fat people to lose weight with non-stop tantalising coloured images of mouth-watering dishes. It may be a better idea to inform the public with scientifically proven information a shown in the next video.
Dean Ornish: The world's killer diet
The obesity problem can not be solved by talking about food alone. Alongside the food scandal destroying human health, the fitness and pharmaceutical industries take advantage of the food industry victims. No amount fitness equipment, organic recipes will help people get back to their normal weight unless they have a faint understanding of their own day-to-day physical behavior. So where do we start?
The first thing to brush up to improve body intelligence and becoming someone who moves better is to look at one's daily movement vocabulary. How do you move through life?
What is Movement Vocabulary?
Movement Vocabulary is the number of body movements available at one's disposal for physical action and expression. A person who moves well must be aware of:
- strength and
The importance of a person's movement vocabulary is comparable to the vocabulary of words in spoken and written language. Without a rich verbal vocabulary, we cannot speak well or fully understand verbal language. In the same way, without being conscious of our movements or body language, we cannot move well enough to satisfy the body's need for healthy activity.
Having said that, being an extortionist alone doesn't necessarily make someone a good mover. As seen in the bulleted list above, several more factors than flexibility alone play a role in the "grammar" of body language. In addition to the movements made by the body, its relationship to space, time and to other people also play a role in the language of the body:
- Location, Direction and Relationship
- Tempo, Rhythm and Timing
- Flow and Dynamics
- Response and Reaction
Is This YOUR Movement Vocabulary?
If someone's day-to-day movement vocabulary consists of a limited number of actions ranging from sleeping, getting dressed, sitting, perhaps a little walking to the car, being at work (usually sitting), shopping, cooking food, watching TV or a computer, and sleeping again, then that won't do. In an attempt to satisfy the body's inherent need to move, the fitness industry is booming with expensive torturing, body-unfriendly, hard-metal and noisy exercise machines. It seems people want to be punished for being inactive.
But there is another way: improve your natural day-to-day movement vocabulary. Become a better mover, and bingo, no more need for gyms or diets.
For example, have you ever considered what chairs can do to our physical health? Watch the next video and be amazed.
Are You Chair Shaped? Loosening the Hamstrings
A good mover's adventure begins by building a solid and effective posture to carry the body through its challenging life. For example, like a ball falling off a stick, if the head is not carried centrally above the spine, the muscles of the shoulders and neck must do overtime. Ouch!
Balance - Three Planes of Motion
As balance is so vital to weight carriage, we'll build your body in 3D geometry. To cover the entire 3 dimensional spectrum of mobility you move through the Frontal, Transverse and Sagittal planes , renamed here "Yes", "No", and "Maybe" for convenience.
Yes, No, or Maybe?
You can feel the motion through these planes by moving your head as in nodding "Yes", "No" and, "Maybe" (ears towards shoulders).
Why not check if your head is placed correctly above your spine right now. On the "No" movement, when you look sideways as far as possible, you should see the top of your shoulder, not your chest. If this is not happening for you then go back to the neutral position (look straight ahead) and pull the upper back and base of the neck backwards and up while keeping the chin down.
It should feel like someone is pulling you up by a high ponytail. Now move your head as if to say "No" again and notice the change. Can you see the top of your shoulder?
Over Curvature of the Spine
Did you know that you don't actually have to 'shrink' with age. Older people appear to become shorter because, during many years of focusing down towards busy hands, gravity has diminished the sponginess between the vertebrae and, rather like an accordion, 'folded' them somewhat.
You Don't Shrink with Age
Invert Gravity to Straighten Up
There are many ways to prevent shrinking by over-curvature. The key is to use gravity to the body's advantage rather than its detriment. For example, doing a headstand as in Yoga inverts the body and is a good balancing exercise. But think about it, in a head stand the entire body weight is carried by the head. Poor neck! Who, in their right mind, wants to carry their entire body weight on the top of their head? There are two better options to defy gravity. The first one is a Gravity Inversion Table, the second, a Yoga Inversion Swing.
1. Gravity Inversion Table
By using gravity to the body’s advantage rather than its detriment, correct alignment, mobility and strength can be regained. The degree of descent into the upside down or semi upside down position ifs controlled by very subtle arm movements.
The ankle closure system is designed to distribute weight comfortably around the ankle without affecting the foot or heel, allowing for a more comfortable, secure, and relaxing inversion experience.
At Last your Body Can Be Eloquent
Rather than aimlessly punishing yourself on torturing machines at the gym, consider improving your day to day body movements with the following recap:
- Become aware of your day-to-day movement habits
- Improve your posture, flexibility, strength and agility
- Be more comfortable, coordinated and confident in your body.
Weight loss then automatically occurs as a consequence of increased knowledge, improved movement habits, diet, and lifestyle.
2. Yoga Inversion Sling
Playing on an Aerial Yoga Swing is safely challenging and fun. The body weight is supported by a large piece of parachute material which allows you to move in many new, mysterious ways for greater strength and flexibility. While challenging your balance, it makes you discover new moves you never thought you could do and, with a little practice, the Aerial Yoga Swing will make you feel as lively as a young child again at any age.
Against the Norm to Re-balance
Many ideas for How to Lose Weight with Better Movements are a progression of a book published by Harper Collins that I co-authored with my sister: The Kando Technique, by Juliette and Madeleine Kando. The Kando Technique is based on a combination of many different physical disciplines like yoga, Tai-chi, ergonomics, feng shui, ballet, tap, street dancing, and early child development. A healthy cocktail indeed.
The Kando Technique
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