This first month on the blog we have covered a lot about diets and supplements and the role they can play in your health. While those are both very important, there are of course other facets to health. Our bodies are made to work, to move, to lift and to run. It is important then that we practice some form of exercise to keep them functioning correctly, especially with all the time we spend at desk or peering over phone screens. Our day to day postures and movements have begun to change, or devolve one might say. To combat that, exercises like MovNat have come to be.
MovNat, named for the original French ‘mouvement naturel,’ or Natural Movement, is a school of training created by Erwan Le Corre. It focuses on incorporating the natural skills our bodies are built for. Breathing, running, balancing, crawling, swimming, climbing, lifting, throwing. All locomotive motions that are inherent biological movements.
Much like the Paleo Diet we talked about previously, the goal of all this is to reset our bodies to their natural states. The belief being that with our bodies in their right state, so too can the mind and overall health, fitness, and happiness follow. The Natural Movement believes that by training in these practical physical skills our bodies will be prepared to handle possible real-life situations in which our strength or ability to manipulate our bodies may come into practical use. Essentially, what use is the ability to 300 lbs. if you need to climb something, or run somewhere? While squatting is one of the key big lifts, and certainly builds a strong body -of that there is no doubt, it is in practicing and honing these movements we call upon in our day to day that will serve us best.
As some of their material states, ‘Fitness is the Result, Movement is the Practice.’ With the focus first being on honing our natural movements and state of the body, the fitness follows as it is the natural state of the human body, to be strong and support itself. Natural Movement also preaches the mind-body connection, the type of body awareness that comes from activities such as yoga, as a benefit of these natural skills.
While there are many exercises out there, and not to slander any style (I myself practice the Big 5 lifts,) MovNat certainly fits the philosophy of Functional Cure and I’ll be looking more into myself. To find out more for yourself check out the MovNat site.