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Movement is Life

March 4, 2014

Movement is Life.

All components of human life involve movement. From the way we work, travel, communicate, and even breath, activity of the Neuro-musculo-skeletal system to produce movement is ongoing.

Movement is communication.

Movement is the stimulus/signal that dictates that ongoing turn over and adaptations of the body’s tissues. Cells, that produce (and subsequently break down tissues), rely on movement to know when, where, and how new tissues are to be laid down. Movement creates force….and force is the language of cells.

Movement is a stressor.

Prior to exercise we ‘warm-up’ the bodies tissues to prepare for the stresses that will be felt during the workout. We prepare the body FOR movement. Not doing so results in an inability for the tissues to efficiently accept, and compensate for load resulting in injury.

Why then do we not ‘warm-up’ for life?

The stimuli undergone during activities of daily living vs. those felt during exercise are the same from the perspective of our tissues. Cells speak force. Cells feel forces…and then adapt to those forces. To say that this process begins the moment we wake up until we fall asleep is only partially correct…because we even move while we sleep.

Mobility, agility, flexibility….working on these things simply before training isn’t enough. Physical preparedness shouldn’t be a ‘sometimes’ thing; it should be an all the time thing. I treat my life as one long workout. I therefore work on these components all day long.

This process starts with my ‘morning routine.’ Using a principle I teach at Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)® certification seminars referred to as ‘Controlled Articular Rotaions,’ or ‘CARs,’ I ensure that I purposefully, and systematically move each and every articulation to their end-ranges of motion when I arise. This process is then continued during the day.

The video depicts only one technique I utilize in my morning routine.

The lines of communication with our cells/tissues is always open…what you say dictates how your anatomy forms, and reforms via the process of progressive adaptation.

Anatomy doesn’t dictate function…function dictates anatomy.


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