The Secret to Health is How you Move

Living an outdoor lifestyle and being comfortable with the elements gives strength, health and happiness.
Living an outdoor lifestyle and being comfortable with the elements gives strength, health and happiness. | Source

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.

If overweight, the body's postural misalignment will get worse on a treadmill.
If overweight, the body's postural misalignment will get worse on a treadmill.

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?

How can you be a Good Mover if you are too fat to move?
How can you be a Good Mover if you are too fat to move? | Source

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

Wrong Approach

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:

  • alignment
  • posture
  • flexibility
  • balance
  • coordination
  • agility
  • grace
  • strength and
  • timing

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!

three planes of motion
three planes of motion | Source

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

You don't actually shrink with age, merely suffer an over-curvature of the neck and spine.
You don't actually shrink with age, merely suffer an over-curvature of the neck and spine. | Source

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

Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Table With Healthy Back DVD
Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Table With Healthy Back DVD

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.

Kids just love to go upside down.
Kids just love to go upside down. | Source

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

Wing Yoga Swing - Antigravity Yoga Hammock with Straps Daisy Chain - Red
Wing Yoga Swing - Antigravity Yoga Hammock with Straps Daisy Chain - Red

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

Relaxing in a backward curve
Relaxing in a backward curve | Source


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.


Useful Related Articles

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Yoga Inversion Swing

Gravity Inversion Table

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Sue Adams 17 months ago from Andalusia Author

Hi Becky,

You can probably plug in your earphones to your laptop or tablet to hear the video.

Good luck with your recovery.

Becky 17 months ago

This really works great! TY. The only thing is the your video sound for ear phones, there's none. There are a lot of people that are actually Deaf or going deaf like me. I have to take my hearing aid out of my left ear to hear it. I really would love to hear it. PLEASE! PLEASE! Active the sound in ear buds. There are a lot people out there that would be interested in these methods. Especially me...

I'm in deep Pain all the time. Anything would be better than taking medication. I had a really bad Car accident. I look normal, There's a lot of things I can not do, like I can't Vacuum the Carpet, Sweep the kitchen floor, Wash clothes, Buy groceries, Shop around, and a lot of other things. I can Straighten my bed or change my fury blankets on my bed, wash dishes Stove & counters, Water my plants and clean up, but sometimes that makes me hurt too. I use to Workout everyday, 4 hours a day. Just Richard Simon and the oldies, I would go for walks, take vitamins and Protein shakes. I accidentally pulled a Muscle in my leg been down ever since. My son bless his heart does everything now and he loves it. My car Accident left me with 3 vertebrae's out of place. I need surgery because the Vertebrae's are separating and I need spacers in between them. So when I get out of bed I scream hurt a lot. I also pulled my hip out of the socket too. My bad, I wasn't wearing a sit belt back in 1987. The two prangs in the gear shift standard car,

drilled a hole in my leg and caused my hip to come out of the socket. I missed work so I could go shopping with my mother, and my mother and I in the same got hit head on in a car accident. My mother broke the bone that protects her heart. There's nothing the doctors could do for her. It heals on it's own, feels like heart burn. I also hit my Knee on the Dashboard so I had a hallo bruise on my knee. My head it the Windshield, and shaved off one inch and a half of my hair on by forehead. I also had a hallo bruise on my neck which was so swollen that my neck looked like it was connected to my chest. I also broke the top of my left foot, the bone that goes to all my toes and broke 3 toes and had a Cast to sleep with and that's horrible too. I must have pressed down with my elbows on impact, because if I get cool air on my elbows slightly I hurt badly all night. The lady didn't have insurance, and nor a Drivers License. She didn't even own of the car, it was her friends. She total both cars, not fixable. My mother and I were really hurt, what a mess. My Mother had insurance and I had insurance from my job at that time.

So you see I'm not a Skinny Minnie either, but I did workout every day started out slowly. I was way up there working-out in bed, Sit-up & Leg lifts. I can't pull or twist very good because I easily come out of place.

I have tripped over my Stair Climber and landed on the floor screaming for my son when he's home to help pull me off the floor. I have two left feet, all my life even when I was thin. Tripping upstairs, Falling down stairs lol. I'm thankful for what I have been through and where I am.

But...I would love to do this Exercises and bring my health and Body up to par. Feeling good about myself and gradually working-out and walking 10 miles again soon WOW! Great!! My neck is feeling good doing these exercise your showing. "To the future and Beyond"

I grew up eating Sweets in my family and we are workers too. I love over-time. I learned how to bake before learning how to cook. I have more than 7 years of cooking classes. I make the Tortilla Dough and my son rolls them out and cooks them. I still cook for my son I love to do that, but there are days I just have to much pain and he the cooks.

I also love dancing in the kitchen. My son grew up listening to oldies and he loves them too.

People are getting fat Because...

People eat a lot now there's Fast food! All you can eat! and fast food Pizza merged with Taco Bell. You might want Pizza only and than you find out they sell Tacos there too. Well let me have some of that.

It's like that everywhere. You go buy groceries, going to the check-out

there are more goodies well that looks good I'll buy it. It's not even on your list. It's everywhere. Buy online I say, but how about them apples!

"Were on the fast track"

Southern California'

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Sue Adams 5 years ago from Andalusia Author

Thank you Janine, every little bit helps.

Janine 6 years ago

Nice to find information on fitness which makes some good sense as opposed to advertising torturing fitnes equipment and products that do no good to anyone. Well done Sue.

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Sue Adams 6 years ago from Andalusia Author

Thanks Barry, glad you get something out of my work. I hear what you're saying Magnoliazz about some parents who are not a good example to their children. I know we are not here to judge but to educate, yet think about parenting: you need a license to drive a car, to keep a dog and yet anyone can bring children into the world with no training what-so-ever in parenting skills. The law can only intervene when it's too late. Lucky are those kids who have grand parents to help in the task of bringing them up and pass on tried and tested values for life's increasingly demanding challenges.

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magnoliazz 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I think you are on the right track. People get turned off with the thought of exercising, and it really does not make any sense to do something over and over again mindlessly.

My approach to a normal weight is to get out there and start growing some of your own food. Living in Wisconsin on a Christmas tree farm, I have a big garden, I also gather food from the woods and surrounding countryside in season. Walking through the woods, hunting for food is man's oldest exercise and effective in keeping the weight down. There is something about being outside in the wind and sun that regulates the appetite.

I also tell people with a weight problem to take a look at their housekeeping skills. Many overweight people that I know also live in a filthy house! Just watch the show Hoarders, those people are usually lazy and overweight.

My German grandmother, who would have made an excellent Nazi, instilled a work ethic on her grandchildren at a young age. She always had "chores" for us to do before we could sit and watch TV. To this day, I cannot sit down and relax unless my house is in order. How some people can sit there and watch TV with an ounce of dust all over it is beyond me.

Growing up, I thought my German grandmother was "mean", but now I know she taught us valuable lessons in life, like if you keep your house clean, you will also keep your weight down from that activity alone! How many times have I seen an overweight friend pay big money for an exercise program, while their house looks like a bomb hit it! They would be money ahead if they would simply stay home and clean their house and at the same time they would be making a giant step toward being slim for life, plus they would be teaching their kids the same things. How many times have you seen an obese child sit there in front of the TV because that is all mom and dad does?

Being fit and healthy can come naturally and easily, we just have to reclaim what is really important in our lives and cut back on some of the stuff that is not so important, like endless hours in front of the TV and computer.

I like your hubs, because they take a different approach to health and fitness, and that's exactly what we need if we are going to get this younger generation into a more healthy state.

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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

The hubs you have on movement and the body are very good and really interesting to me. Keep up the great work. Look forward to reading more of them !

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Sue Adams 7 years ago from Andalusia Author

Thanks James. The Body Furniture is to be found at

I haven't had a chance to mention it on hubpages yet.

take care,


James Casey 7 years ago

Hi Sue, that's great info. My friend used to have one of your chairs and it was great for me and the kids.

Are they still available??



Julo 7 years ago

I agree with you about the obsession with food. In the sixties people were obsessed with sex, now it's food. I enjoy reading your hubs and trying out some new moves for a change. Good work and thank you.

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Sue Adams 7 years ago from Andalusia Author

Thank you Frances. I really hope my hubs take off as I'm so passionate about my subject matter (how to move like a dancer among the crowds) because it makes you confident and healthy. I have so much more I would like to share with every one. There aren't enough hours in the day to get it all published as quickly as I wish but bear with me, I'm working as hard as I can.

Frances 7 years ago

Great idea! Will check back soon for more, love the pics.

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