Learn why natural movement each and every day can significantly improve your health and fitness. Natural movement is how our bodies are intended to move. Prevent and heal injuries faster too by moving your body through functional movements. Movnat/Natural Movement is an active movement workout and a physical education system that incorporates the full range of real-world, natural human movement skills. No matter what level of fitness you are at, MovNat can help you build greater physical competence for better stability, balance, strength, and natural fitness to handle the demands of an active and athletic lifestyle.
Get off your elliptical, treadmill, and other similar gym hamster wheel and move outside!
Hey, this is Dr. Gangemi and in this Sock-Doc video, I want to talk about natural movement. Climbing, running, crawling, moving about your environment naturally. Hopefully barefoot, hopefully on a nice creek, pasture, sunny day where you are getting some good health benefits from being outside. We sort of develop some unnatural movements as we get older. We sit in chairs, we don’t move like we were intended to, we don’t move like kids anymore. We sit on the benches and watch our kids play in the playground rather than jump and run around with them.
So natural movements help get our instinctual patterns back. We develop functional movements, movement patterns that help us become more fit, more healthy people. They help to develop our proprioception, this is our sense of position. How our joints know where they are in relationship to one another and our environment, this helps our balance along with our eyes and our ears. Our equilibrium, how we move about the environment and interact well within ourselves and with the environment. It develops our kinesthetic sense, this is our sense of movement. Our feelers or sensory nerves throughout our body especially in our feet.
So hopefully you are barefoot watching this video. It is one of those requirements on the Sock-Doc site. You are able to move barefoot, stand barefoot, walk around barefoot if you are in a safe environment and maybe you are even able to run on a trail barefoot, on rocks and in stream and actually feel the Earth, feel the ground and you are not stuck inside or you are not training inside on something that is very unnatural like an elliptic or one of these machines that are designed only to give you some cardiovascular benefits but really no functional mobility, no functional movement, no health benefits aside from that perhaps calorie burning aspect of it.
Functional movements allow us to give our bodies back the dynamic motions that they are intended to do. So whether you are trying to improve your health, improve your fitness, whether you are trying to recover from an injury, these motions are so much more practical than any isolated movements. With functional natural movements we don’t isolate a body part. We don’t do bicep curls, we don’t do leg extensions, we are not interested in isolating the body part that is really going to not be practical and help us with efficiency and how we move about our lives carrying something or carrying someone perhaps to safety or maybe just building a rock wall around your yard by carrying rocks.
So with natural movements we develop total body fitness, total body health, cardiovascular benefits, strength benefits, flexibility benefits, all-in-one motion or all-in-one skill. And it’s fun, it is much more fun than just sitting at a gym and staring at a TV screen mindlessly. So think about natural movements, thing about health aspects of it, check out MovNat site. A lot of the skills and drills of natural movement. Obviously check out Sock-Doc, where I have lot of great articles on health, fitness, injury treatment, injury prevention, live barefoot walking, running, or moving about your environment in a natural aspect is going to benefit your health and your fitness.
Lots of new Sock-Doc videos coming out too. So check back often and see what I have got to offer and hope you are going outside today and moving about naturally. Thanks for watching.
Wow, looks peaceful there. I have a local spot just like that, practically always private. All the paved paths are always full. I don’t get it. I never went barefoot walking across the trees and rocks though. I wear my barefoot shoes, do you actually do a lot of the creek barefoot, or just a little?
Sock Doc says
I’m all over the creek barefoot. 🙂