Movement & Life

“Movement is life. Life is a process.  Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”
-Moshe Feldenkrais

Take a look at the quote above.  How do you interpret that?

Movement, much like life, is a process. Each day you wake up is an opportunity to move, to improve your ability to move, to find new ways to move that you may not have thought of. When was the last time you crawled around on the ground? Or rolled around?  Go crawl your face off!

We have such a structure to our lives, where we are told to sit still, to not move, and this structure is basically killing us. Stillness leads to inactivity which leads to our muscles getting weak & tight. How often do you find yourself in a state of stillness?  Sitting, standing, laying, etc?

Still, we wonder why most of us have some sort of chronic pain. Like our knee aches, or our elbow, or our neck, or most especially our backs.  Do you have back pain?  My guess you have some sort of nagging ache that comes and goes, however it goes away once you start moving.  

Well duh!  

Movement is one of the best forms of therapy for chronic pain. The research is out there.
No drugs or surgery!  Just movement.  

Want to feel better physically and mentally, MOVE!
It won’t change everything, because its not a miracle drug, but I guarantee that if you move more, you will feel a whole lot better.  

The moment you stop moving is the moment you stop living.

Don’t stop living!
Go out and improve the quality in which you move, improve how often you move.  You’ll be amazed how much your life improves, how some of those aches and pains go away,(I’m not talking soreness) how much happier you’ll be.

Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.

You fell down the first time you tried to walk.
You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?
Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?
Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.
R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
English Novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.
Don’t worry about failure.
Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.


Where do your priorities lie?

As Gandhi says, what we do, what our actions are, reflect where our priorities lie.  In our society, spending habits in terms of money and time seem to be a good indicator of priorities.  If we spend a lot on one thing over another,  it’s clearly more important to us.  Go take a look at your spending habits:

How much you pay for cable TV?
How much time do you watch TV?
How much is your monthly phone bill?
How often are you checking Facebook, Instagram etc?
How much do you spend on entertainment or eating out at restaurants?
How much do you spend on your fitness goals?
How much do you spend on great nutrition?

Are your priorities all lined up with what you say you want?  Or are there multiple things in front of what you say you want?
One of the best things I’ve heard, or maybe I made it up myself is that you are going to spend time and money on your health.  It’s inevitable.  The key question is whether your are going to be proactive with exercise and nutrition, or reactive with doctors and medication.

There are 168 hours in a week.  That is plenty of time to get stuff done whether they are bringing you closer to your goals or further away.  So….
Where are you spending that time?

Here’s what you are going to do to find out where your priorities are?  Much like a food journal, I want you to keep track of how many hours you are dedicating to everything you do.

  • Internet time
  • TV time
  • Nutrition/Meal prep time 
  • Exercise time
  • Etc

You can literally add an category you want!

After a week, you’ll get a better picture of what you are doing and where you spend a majority of your time.  Then you can see if your actions really line up with what you say you want.