Written By Dr. Joel Richards
We have clear indicators that our body requires much more and different types of movement than are currently considered "normal" for the average person. Move By Design is based on four simple parameters: Be Mobile, Lift Heavy, Go Fast, Move Slow. They form the basic foundations for optimal human movement, health and longevity.
The Why Behind the What
We know movement is required for an optimal life simply because ALL other requirements in life depend on our ability to move. For example, breathing requires optimal movement of the rib cage, expansion and contraction of the diaphragm, and optimal spinal mobility to best fulfill our requirement for oxygen. Movement is required for life. Optimal movement is required for a maximized life.
Movement is a primary sign of life and a basic requirement for all living things. Even a plant, that seems to be stuck in the ground and without the ability to escape predation, moves a great total distance every day!
Movement is required for life. Optimal movement is required for a maximized life. No one would disagree with this principle.
The only question is: What strategies best fulfill this requirement?
More clearly stated – “What do I do?”
There are 4 parts to the Move By Design Mobility Program:
- Joint-to-Joint Movement
- Soft Tissue Integrity
- Dynamic Mobility
- Primal Patterning
Over the next several weeks we will be introducing you to each of the the 4 parts, starting today with Joint-to-Joint Movement.
Our lives are filled with daily stressors like sitting at desks, driving, working on computers, watching TV; even toxic food and emotional chaos contribute to the poor movement patterns seen in the average human. We’ve progressively become less active and this change for the worse has placed us into environments that are pushing our species away from its natural design and the flourishing state of health we deserve. Starting with a basic mobility program is the best way to begin restoring healthy movement.
Start each day by moving each joint through its natural range of motion.