MovNat? What the hell is MovNat, you may be asking yourself. Well opening my eyes to networking and other sites, I have stumbled upon this. It was love at first sight. It makes complete since, it is so essentially primal. It is wonderful point-blank. Here is the definition from their site:
MovNat is an effective fitness system based entirely on using the full range of our natural human movement abilities such as walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and self-defense. MovNat is for everyone, it is progressive and safe, and supports physical competency and conditioning for any area of life.
See simple, yet so against what we traditionally leans towards. Weight machines? Honestly, come on, when are we going to get off our asses and realize we have to do something. Paleo man would have been dinner if he was as sedentary, unadaptive, out-of-shape and incapable of most of these movements. How many of still jump? When I teach swings, I point out how it is fundamentally the movement of jumping without leaving the ground. We stop jumping; stop using our muscles together (lose functionality), so when we fall down at 70 we break our hips. Use it, lose it (and strength is definitely something that takes time to build-up but is quick to bolt once you stop training). Their mission statement further deepened my love for the concept:
To revolutionize physical education and fitness on a global scale by teaching a real-world physical competency and conditioning system based on natural human movement skills, to support a lifetime of physical activity.
Still not convinced? Check out the founder Erwan Le Corre, hello? He’s so right when he compares our current lifestyles, to that of a human zoo. We’re surrounded by technology and all our ‘advantages’, while sacrificing our time with Nature. When was the last time you went camping or fishing or climbed a tree or skipped a rock or jumped off a rock? When was the last time you went for a hike (went for a hike somewhere besides a park, in a place that once existed called a forest?)? I’ve mentioned forest bathing before and the benefits of hiking, plus my own personal account. Nature is not only good for us physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. We’re fatter and unhappy, which is not how we’re supposed to be. In the Nature Principle, it is called Vitamin N and most of us (especially children) are undernourished in this precious nutrient. We are disconnected!
1. Locomotive (move one point to another)
2. Manipulative (move an object)
3. Combative (fight and defend)
As you can see from the pictures, there are movements that fall within each of these categories. Pretty awesome, right? I was beside myself with elation after I found the post on a Public Food Forest and now this (I also found an article about a billionaire wanting to set up sustainable grass-fed farms in Florida!). There is hope for this world after-all and isn’t it funny how the answer lies within our past! Lastly, closing with happy thoughts from MovNat (check out there site, I’m in awe just looking at it, I can’t even express my enthusiasm for it):
‘Through this education process, your body will heal, your mind will be strong, your spirit will be happy and free.’