We have been moving from the moment human beings have walked this planet. Whether to look for our next meal or to avoid being prey for another animal, we kept our bodies moving. Physical activity was so common that obesity was not an issue, until recent generations when the most we tend to move is from chair to chair.
Our bodies are made for full range of motion, and sitting just isn't good for them. Studies have shown that sitting too much can lead to:
In the first few years of our life, we explore our environment with movement. We move towards objects, we squat down to inspect them further, and we learn how to control our bodies.
Then we go to school...
From the moment we go school to learn our heads are being jammed with data and more data, and although very useful, our body is doing the physical equivalent of watching T.V. For the next thirteen years (and more if you go to university) we spend our days sitting down learning. But at the bottom of our pyramid of skill lies one thing – movement.
Lets use crawling as an example here. The crawl is a cross body pattern, you move your opposing hand and foot at the same time. If we rotate a crawling person ninety degrees and put them into a standing position what you’ll notice is that walking and running are the same movement – just performed at different speeds.
So this leaves one question – if you can’t crawl well, what on Earth are you doing when you run? If you can’t crawl without your hips swaying wildly from side to side, or with your knees coming straight up instead of having to go out to the side, or if you lack the ankle flexibility, what makes you think all of that has disappeared when you add speed and load in standing?