3 movements to help reconnect with your inner child
Although you may not realize it, your body is designed to move. From your head to the tips of your toes, each part of your body needs a daily dose of stimulation in order to function at its optimum. In fact, your body originally evolved to move in particular ways (ie, the ways that allow you to move through nature). As a result, there are certain movements that are more effective in keeping you mobile, supple, and strong for a lifetime. Although a diverse, full-spectrum practice of Natural Movement is ideal, your body (and mind) require at least the most”essential”movement vitamins in order to thrive in a furniture-bound, movement-deficient world. So what are these essential movement vitamins? Read on to find out.
The deep squat is a movement that has many benefits. When performed correctly, it can help to improve range of motion in the ankles and hips, as well as strengthen the muscles around these joints. Additionally, the deep squat is a great way to stretch the back and legs, and can even help to improve posture. However, many people struggle to maintain a deep squat for more than a few seconds. This is often due to tightness in the muscles and connective tissues around the ankles and hips. By practicing the deep squat on a regular basis, you can help to improve your range of motion and make it easier to perform this essential movement.
Hanging is the foundation for climbing movements in the practice of Natural Movement. From a physiological standpoint, hanging teaches you how to release tension from the shoulders and upper back, as well as build grip strength. Hanging movements are a great way to counterbalance all that forward flexed, arms down computer time and open yourself up to new movement possibilities. When you're hanging, you're essentially letting your body weight stretch your muscles and connective tissues. This can help improve your range of motion and make your joints more flexible. Plus, it can also help relieve muscle tightness and pain. And since hanging requires you to engage your core muscles to stabilize your body, it's also a great way to strengthen your abs. So next time you're feeling stiff and sore, try hanging out for a while. You just might find that it does your body good.
Most people don't think about how essential ground movement is to their lives. But the fact is, ground movements are actually a whole class of vitamin-rich movements that are required to navigate the world from a non-standing position. Ground movements include floor sitting, lying, kneeling, crawling, and various other transitions that link these movements together. These movements are actually how you originally built your strength and suppleness, as you went from a helpless baby to a curious toddler. Even now, as an adult, ground movements are still vitally important for maintaining your flexibility and mobility. So next time you're tempted to skip your floor exercises, remember that you're actually doing yourself a big favor by getting down on the ground and moving around.
As an adult, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. We often forget to take time for ourselves, and as a result, our bodies can begin to feel tense and cramped. Thankfully, there are a number of easy exercises that can help to relieve tension and promote relaxation. Start spending some time practicing each of these movements daily to get a much needed, deep dose of mechanical nutrition while you reconnect with your inner child. You'll be surprised at how good you'll feel after just a few minutes of stretching and moving your body!