Humans are no different to any other animal of the kingdom that primitively use movement as the portal of interaction with our environment. With each interaction, in response to the environment, we must automatically choose what is the appropriate movement of the body to deal with the incoming challenge. Herein lies the potential problem - determining what is the appropriate movement!
The brain makes this decision based on the habits and patterns that have been formulated over one’s entire life. Any dysfunctions present will mean that that which is suppose to be “appropriate” is in fact not appropriate but rather an ineffective method of dealing with environment. On the spectrum of effectiveness our choices either:
- Involve movements which compensate, forcing the body to use itself incorrectly, cheat further and eventually lead to breakdown.
- Allow our movements to adapt and continuously improve the effectiveness with which we deal with environment.
This then lays the foundation for, what we call, clean movement. In mathematical terms, the sinusoidal (sine) waveform is the most symmetrical waveform known (as seen above). If we could get the complexity of human movement to be plotted in the same balance of the sine waveform then we would not only have clean but coherent movement from which to base our adaptable form of interaction.
It becomes quickly observable while watching people, the quality with which they move. There are those that move in a jittery, sluggish, heavy, stiff, uncomfortable, restricted or painful way. There are also those who move freely, effortlessly, lightly and beautifully.
It is a sad reality that most people’s exercise regime does not yield the desired return on investment and the reason they exercise is rarely achieved. This is due a variety of factors; however one of the largest being the quality of movement utilized for the duration of the workout. If the purpose of movement or exercise is to condition you, then you can only do this through adaptability (as discussed above). If you are compensating, you are moving ineffectively and thereby you're not conditioning correctly in fact you are actually creating problems as you go. Thus clean movement is not only beautiful, but of utmost importance to correctly and effectively conditioning.
Stop in this moment and ask yourself:
- For your environmental challenges how should you be conditioning?
- Does your current movement plan offer you the conditioning that you require?
- Are you neurologically intact to allow for clean, coherent and adaptable movement?
At Aspire Happyness, we look forward to cleaning up your movement with you!