MOVEMENT IS LIFE
Movement is literally synonymous with life itself. Meaning that movement is the underlying fundamental substrate of human physicality and conscious existence. Which can otherwise be referred to as the human mind and body. Notably, the mind / body can and should be thought of as one, much like space / time. Thus, one’s capacity for movement has a direct linear relationship with their cognition. Once fully assimilated, the next assertion follows as a natural consequence of understanding. Movement is primary, and our capacity to do so correlates to the quality of our very beingness. Therefore, as humans we should expansively move in celebration of this existential reciprocity.
THE MIND BODY SYSTEM
That said, the following discussion will cover several aspects of movement. For example, we’ll begin by briefly discussing some of the ways movement directly impacts the brain. In addition to the vital role that movement variability plays within the context of mind / body capacity. Next, BioSho will lay out their reasoning for making a clear distinction between movement and progressive training. Lastly, they’ll provide some guiding principles that can be helpful within the full spectrum of movement practices. Again, please remember that this is intended to simply provide the reader with a brief introduction into these topics. Provided you have any further interest in these areas of discussion, BioSho would certainly encourage everyone to take a deeper dive into the complexities of these concepts. There are many movement specialists out there to study. BioSho really likes Bren Veziroglu. He’s an incredibly bright and accomplished movement practitioner / teacher and offers affordable options for any level of interest.
MOVEMENT VARIABILITY = CONSCIOUS EXPANSION
Ideally, our bodies would have the ability to move freely – without restriction. These are the optimal conditions for our mind / body system to flourish. To the extent that this fundamental principle is compromised, there will also be a direct linear relationship with the degradation of their physiological health. Thus, any longevity orientated human optimization strategy mandates sustainable growth orientated movement for life. From a physical perspective, this will support the physiological constituents that ensure living a pain-free life (healthy tissue histology, length tension relationships, range of motion, joint health, etc…). Doing so, also promotes the concept of maximizing potentiation as it relates to optimizing physical and cognitive possibility. This is compulsory for sustainable well-being, and where the importance of movement variability enters the picture. Not only does variability capacity help to reduce the likelihood of injury, but it also optimizes the health of the mind / body system. The idea here is that variability, more effectively nourishes the complexity of possibility. So that the mind / body system has a broader array of synaptic and coordinated physiological options available to accomplish any given task. This is also rationally / logically consistent with all manner of task accomplishment. Being given more options is always preferable with any high-level task resolution. Thus, your body will be happier, and your brain will also enjoy several advantageous neurological benefits. Like increased neuroplasticity, increased white matter, and long-term potentiation. All of which will clearly enhance virtually every aspect of one’s life.
SEPERATE MOVEMENT FROM RESISTANCE TRAINING
Yes, BioSho maintains that any sustainable longevity strategy ought to respect differentiating between unloaded movement and traditionally practiced progressive resistance training. In fact, they would assert that making this distinction is ipso facto crucial to any sustainably robust longevity strategy. Essentially, this is because (from a longevity perspective) the introduction of external loading to the body requires more careful consideration. Because of its potential to result in very predictable patterns of injury, if done incorrectly. Which is not to say that you can’t get injured while engaging in unloaded movement. But in sharp contrast, the consequences of a long-term vertically orientated strengthening approach (which excessive levels of compression), are exponentially more malignant to functional human longevity. Especially when you appreciate that for 99% of the world’s population, it’s simply unnecessary. Driven entirely by ego and aesthetics and without regard for sustainable well-being. It’s worth mentioning that increasing one’s strength and having a muscle-centric priority on longevity is a good thing. BioSho would concur that one should pursue these ideas with vigor. However, only after having navigated the appropriate intellectual journey to accomplish these goals in the healthiest and most sustainable way. Learn More…
HOW TO THINK ABOUT GETTING STARTED...
Once you understand a few basic principles, facilitating your movement practice can be straightforward. Like most everything, it should be purposefully facilitated within an intelligent progressive continuum. BioSho mentions this because of the volume component necessary to re-establish movement capacity that may have been compromised. Candidly, one will likely be surprised at the level of consistent effort required over time to effectively expand movement capacity. Thus, it’s vital to initiate the process at whatever level a person may find oneself. For example, one may benefit from starting with a very basic DNS approach to developmental kinesiology. For some, this may be an excellent method of beginning their movement practice. From there, one may want to consider evaluating their ability to get into a yoga-esc child’s pose. This is a benign method to work on hip and knee function. From this kneeling position there are a variety of ways that one can continue their movement practice in a gentle, but meaningful way. Once a person has become proficient with this phase, you can safely begin entering the domain of primal movement. Of which has a limitless potential for a lifetime of growth and expansion. There are a multitude of sources to access more detailed information in each of these areas. So that one can intelligently initiate their individual movement practice. Also, keep in mind that velocity is a function of capacity and should only be increased appropriately it’s been re-established. Lastly, virtually all human movement is a derivative of a spiral – diagonal – or circular pattern. Thus, BioSho would encourage one to explore movement expansion with that in mind. BEGIN MOVING!
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