Is it possible to grow to grow strong and age gracefully? We are lead to believe that it is normal for our bodies to become broken and defective as we age. This is simply not true. It only seems normal in our culture because our society as a whole is so sedentary- our current economy is predicated on stationary people.
The truth is that when you move your body regularly in the ways it was designed to move, it will stay healthy and strong for many years- long into "old age." You can grown strong and age gracefully. This is what we use to call "fitness," which is defined as the state of being fit- physically healthy and strong. Unfortunately, the modern 'fitness' industry has perverted this ideal in such a way that other definitions of 'fit' would seem more appropriate: "proper or acceptable: morally or socially correct" and "suitable for a specific purpose." Current fitness it would seem, is about having a body that lets you fit in, not one that is particularly useful to oneself or others.
What fitness should be about is adaptability. Can you execute practical physical tasks effectively? Efficiently? You can lift a box up off of the ground, but if you throw your back out in the process, was that really an efficient movement skill? If you can lift a barbell off the ground, but not a large log, is that movement skill really practical?
Consider the following list of basic movement skills:
- Striking & Grappling
Does your exercise or training regime regularly incorporate all the above skills? Is it progressive and adaptable enough that anyone at age can learn the basic skills and become a better mover? If not, is it perhaps time to reconsider your approach to training?
Training these natural human movement skills does not have to be exclusive to all other sports and movement modalities. However, if these fundamentals are trained first and given the first priority, it can ensure health and longevity, in sport and in life. Reclamation of these 'authentic movements' is the secret to grow strong and age gracefully.
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