By Karola Luettringhaus
I need to eat every day.
I need to breathe constantly.
I need to drink every day.
Why would I think any differently about my need to move?
I need to move every day.
But what does that mean? Does it mean walking to my car, to the grocery store, sitting down, writing, making food, etc? or does it mean I need to move every joint mindfully and creatively, for the purpose of allowing this system to do what it does...
Our bodies are extremely complex collaborative systems that all serve very important purposes. The calves are considered 'the second heart', as they significantly support blood flow back to the heart, against gravity (if we remain upright), helping the veins stay healthy. The lower leg musculature and fascial tissues, as they stretch, contract, release, wind and unwind, support the heart as it tries to pump blood through the body. They support lymph flow, which does not have a 'heart' and solely relies on the mechanical pumping action of the muscles, etc. in order to stay limber we need to allow our body's joints to 'experience their lives fully', ...
I like this: 'Allow your joints to live their lives fully, unhindered, no stress, no restrictions...' If you are honest with yourself, how do you feel sitting at a desk, when do you start to feel stagnation in your circulation, stiffness in your joints? I can feel it after only 20 minutes.
We are a constant work in progress: an ever changing organism, constantly responding to demand. no day is like any other. Once established things don't just remain the same, they change. If you stop putting demand on the body it will respond and stop production of bone and muscle.
The body is in a constant state of becoming, changing and adapting to our needs.
It will support your habits of sitting or standing all day, building fascial support, helping you lock into a position rather than allowing for mobility and flexibility.
So movement is like eating, drinking and sleeping. As important, as enjoyable. as necessary.
Let's see what our body suggests as to how it would like to move....