Can you think of anything in your own personal life that you have wanted to do but decided not to because it was not physically possible?
Every human faces unique challenges on a day-to-day basis. Mine are different from yours. And, yours are different from day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year. What remains constant however, is the body in which we execute these tasks. Jason Lewis, who is credited as being the first person in history to circumnavigate the planet by human power, has said, “We are all just doing our best to adapt to whatever life throws our way, then attempting to wake up and do it all over again.” I like this quote because it illustrates that our day-to-day challenges are uniquely different from time to time, and that we as humans, are constantly trying to adapt to our environmental demands.
The intention of this article is to introduce a physical education system that has been designed to help people prepare for these very challenges. This system is called MovNat. The name comes from two words, movement and natural, being fused together to form a brand name. According to MovNat, it can be defined as; a physical education system based on developing real world physical competence through the practical application of natural movement skills.
This definition has two important components:
1. MovNat develops real world skills that are used on a day to day basis.
2. MovNat uses natural movements that are hardwired into our genetic makeup whether we know it or not. So fundamental to our being that babies will develop these without any instruction needed.
What does natural movement look like?
MovNat describes natural movement as a full range of motor skills the human body has developed through evolution such as sitting on the ground and getting up into a standing position to more complex movements such as climbing over high objects. It allows us to become strong, to be useful by learning proper technique with movements such as sitting, standing, walking, carrying, lifting etc., and developing a certain level of conditioning. With these movements we are able to optimize performance. Not only does this mean we can perform more repetitions with less fatigue, or lift a heavier weight. It also means that we are less likely to injure ourselves doing so, allowing us to continue to live and thrive in our environment.
This means doing more of what you love. Doing more of what makes you happy on a daily basis, without the concern or fear of hurting yourself.
As a new father MovNat has influenced my life. I have developed proficiency with a foundation of movement skills such as sitting, crawling, getting up and down from the ground, and bending over. I have been able to incorporate these into training programs and further develop my conditioning. I can hold a heavy weight while performing these movements. I can also perform a variety of transitions in and out of these positions safely. What this has allowed me to do is spend more time playing and safely handling my 6-month-old daughter at home. For those who have children, it becomes obvious fairly quickly that caring for a child can in and of itself be a risk for hurting yourself. Bending over to pick up a child in the middle of the night, or getting down to the floor repeatedly to play can be recipes for injury.
As a movement coach, and student of the MovNat method, I have been able to avoid injury so far, while being able to physically help, play, or engage with my daughter in any way I desire. As she continues to grow and only get more mobile, I will rely on my body to be able to keep up with her. In order to be useful, I must keep my body strong.
While this is just my own example of how I use the MovNat method to stay healthy, there are numerous other ways in which it can affect your life. In competitive sports, in work, in travel, in natural disasters, or in times of an emergency. The ability to use your body to physically help yourself is a skill that everyone should be investing time and energy into.
For more information about MovNat, visit their website by clicking here. It has numerous resources such as blogs, videos, and free workouts, to help you become more familiar with their methodology.
For anyone looking to further develop their own movement practice I am eager and ready to assist you in your journey. As a level 1 certified MovNat trainer, I offer personalized coaching.
Bryan Lynd specializes in functional movement coaching. He sees himself as more of a coach than a therapist because like any good coach, he strives to empower the person to accomplish their goals by providing them with the tools to succeed. This includes things like lifestyle modifications, corrective exercises, education, and programming smarter workouts.
A typical session with Bryan Lynd includes lots of movement, while reserving other treatments such as stretching, heat/cold packs, or modalities for use at home. Time is precious and therefore time spent working with Bryan Lynd is always used as efficiently as possible.