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Our Biological Movement Necessities

A big part of MovNat is training to cultivate each of the human movement aptitudes to a refined level of skill. In the early stages of training, we quickly discover which skillsets are lagging behind and which we tend to gravitate toward.

Building our weaknesses to catch up to our strengths and then maintaining a proportionate balance between all of them is one way of "filling in the blanks" in how we have been moving and what is missing.

Some of these movement domains are things we would do in our natural environment when we needed to hunt, or escape, or in some other special situation. This includes skills like running, jumping, throwing, climbing, carrying heavy things, etc... These are *vital* skills, but if skills were nutrients, to use Katy Bowman's metaphor, they would be micronutrients, not the macronutrients like protein, fat, and carbs. We need them, but the things that we would do all day every day take precedence when we're looking at the foundation of how we move.

Skills like sitting, getting up and down, standing (and shifting weight or reaching), walking, and balancing, are very basic skills that a lot of people gloss over for their simplicity in favor of more impressive skills like climbing and jumping.

At every stage in my development, I find room for improvement in my ability in these simple movement domains. Even when I'm not doing any training, I still walk, sit, & stand all day! These skills make an awesome warm-up, but they are also things that you can tune into at any point during the day & evaluate your habitual patterns. Check the video by clicking here or the image in this article.

MovNat Balancing Squat

These movement patterns are the most disturbed and distorted by living in our modern society. Wearing shoes and walking on cement will affect how you stand and walk. Sitting only in chairs will affect your hip mobility and ability to sit comfortably on the floor, as well as your capability to rise and descend to & from ground level.

Always keep the fundamentals close to heart.


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