As our brains become smarter, our bodies lose their chutzpah. Healthcare data, human’s desk-bound prevalence, and GrubHub’s ubiquity all suggest this this to be true. “Not me!” you say. “I’m as fit as a fiddle.” Give your fitness a try with this challenge: crawl on the floor like a baby. I’m serious. Now, how much concentration did that require? Were you able to crawl? Are you out of breadth? Were you able to stand up without assistance after this experiment, and go about your day?
You might say this test is unconventional. I find it to be fundamental. Crawling offers countless benefits, including proprioceptive enhancment, reflexive core musculature activation, improved posture and gait patterning, and even increased movement force transfer.
Let’s begin crawling our way back to health by delving into some science.
If sitting is the new smoking, than one might say crawling is the new walking. In a perfect world we would not need to intentionally press reset every day. We were made for movement and we simply do not move enough. We spend most of our days being sedentary. And when, on occasion, we decide to go out and exercise, we wonder why we don’t move as well as we used to, or we wonder why we often get nagging injuries. The truth is: There would be less “movement issues” if people simply moved.” The very movements that made you resilient as a child are the same movements that can make you resilient as an adult. Consider adding some form of crawling to your workouts and experience its benefits!
Three minute reset from Tim Anderson’s Bulletproof:
Cross-crawl x 1 minute
Baby-crawl x 1 minute
March x 1 minute
Ido Portal Locomotion Studies
Author: Julia Anthony
B.S. Exercise Specialist, CSCS, NASM CPT