We can have pretty limiting thoughts about how we ought to move. Our ideas about sitting, standing and walking have been handed on down to us. A lot of those ideas are then supplmeneted by what we see and read about every day. So when someone comes along and says why don't you reach up and touch every door frame you move through the first thing we often think is "but I will look weird". Even though it is a simple movement that has the potential to open up shoulder range of motion, improve your cardiovascular function and more. We can get kind of stuck on "but what would people think". Katy said in a recent podcast "Dynamic Aging is about changing your mind... It’s about shifting paradigms... not just the paradigm of exercise less move more. But this idea that ... the decline that you’re seeing isn’t about your age. "
Not Just For Kids
One of my lovely regulars was so excited when she came to her session this week. She'd just read Dynamic Aging and had been particularly taken with the idea of finding the childlike joy in her walks again. "Mel, it's like I've finally realised that the playground is not just for kids. On my walk today I turned right instead of left and found myself swinging from a tree branch". I was pretty excited too, the more of us doing it the less nuts I look (see what I mean about cultural expectations, that is me acknowledging that I do perhaps feel a bit embarrassed climbing trees in Geelong. But if more of us did it who would even notice it anymore?". Case in point: I was in Acland Street St Kilda one day and a man was taking his pet Alpaca for a walk down the street. No one batted an eyelid. You see enough weird it becomes normal!) Anyway, by changing her habit (initially just by turning right instead of left) a whole new range of nutritious movements seemed accessible and brought a lot of joy as well. (Speaking of childlike joy check Laura out sneaking up on me through the long grasses! Also a bunch of 50+ folk fording a river on a very slippery log.)
But I couldn't do that
Katy Bowman co-wrote Dynamic Aging with 4 or her students (aged between 78 and 80) who went on to become movement educators. They all came to her with movement limiting issues and every one of them ended up doing all of the things they initially said "they couldn't do" and then some. Things like squatting and hanging and going on long hikes up mountains. Now they teach others how to move more and move better too.
Changing How You See the Ordinary
Every light pole is an opportunity for a shoulder release or a squat, every step or park bench comes with a myriad of exciting possiblities (a step up, a rhomboid pushup, a quad release, a thoracic or double calf release? What to choose?)
But it's raining
But what if it's a rainy day with puddle? Well if you are walking with Nic (which you can many Fridays in Torquay - it's free, let me know if you'd like her details) - that means taking your shoes off and experiencing the delight of the mud oozing between your toes. I forgot how good that feels.
Walk with us
So come for a walk with us in Ocean Grove this Tuesday at 12.45, meet at the Hub. Or Geelong on Wednesday at 9.30 (email Mel for the address). Walking is just the beginning.
Ready For More
If you are ready to learn more but don't know where to start, there are books, ebooks, talking books and DVD's and downloads a plenty at nutritiousmovement.com. If you type in Podcast5 under any of the books you get a $5 discount. The podcasts and blog are free. If you're not sure where to start I put together a page with some more information on many of the options here.
Everyone has their own preferred way of learning but personally I like to do it while I move and highly recommend the podcasts. Especially the most recent ones. The talking books are great too. Listen while you instantly put into practice what you are hearing. And call me for a playdate at the park!