WHY MOVEMENT MATTERS
Would you operate a large, complex piece of machinery without reading the owner’s manual? Not a chance. That being said, why has it become acceptable to operate our bodies (a large, complex piece of machinery) without learning how to optimize movement and prevent injury?
Every time we move our body through the environment, we are ingraining that movement (good or bad) within our nervous system. Think about how many steps we take in a day, how many times we sit down and how many times we remain seated for extended periods. Every movement we make dictates the future health and wellbeing of our body.
MOVEMENT AFFECTS MOBILITY
In the long term, movement is directly related to our level of mobility. In this case, the classic “use it or lose it” mantra has never been more applicable.
Have you ever found an old rubber band in the bottom of your junk drawer? What happens when you try and stretch it? It breaks. Due to the long term restriction of movement, the band became stiff, tight and essentially solidified in it’s current position. This is an extremely simplified example of how our body works. Less movement now = less movement later. When we challenge that lack of movement, in life or in athletics, we have drastic repercussions.
THE VICIOUS CIRCLE
Poor movement leads to poor movement. A simple error such as walking with your feet turned out (starting of poor movement) may be the leading cause of your hip pain, causing you to hunch forward while you walk (continuation of poor movement). You see, the walking error created an unstable ankle and knee, which then lead to an impinged, unstable hip joint.
It’s all about primary prevention, taking the proper steps and implementing the proper protocols to prevent these mishaps from occurring in the first place. This pre-habilitation approach will be the model of your new lifestyle.