Move Like a Human: Why You Shouldn’t Exercise, by Dan Edwardes
“You ready for this?
You need to stop exercising. And you need to start moving instead.
What do I mean by that? Well, when we think of exercise we typically imagine high frequency, low variety repetition of consecutive and limited movement patterns. You hit the gym or the sports ground or the running track 3-5 times per week for 30-60 minutes, get very sweaty and out of breath repeating a highly predictable and routine set of movements that may or may not follow the natural function of the human body. Even the ‘functional training’ paradigms that fill the fitness industry now are actually just finding new patterns to slot in the place of the old – kettlebells instead of dumbbells, ring pull ups instead of bar pull ups, – and end up often producing the same results: athletes with specifically strengthened tissues sitting next to underdeveloped tissues, leading to unhealthy loads, deformation and injury.”
Read more of Dan’s thoughts on exercise, movement health and how to become a strong, adaptable human at his blog.